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Vol. 29 No. 3 • February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

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What you need to know<br />

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Social Security:<br />

A broken socialist dinosaur<br />

It seems many still harbor, or want to<br />

perpetuate, the illusion that our Social<br />

Security system is not in trouble.<br />

Let me quote here from a press release<br />

from the Social Security Administration<br />

released March 31, 2023:<br />

“The Social Security Board of Trustees<br />

today released its annual report on the<br />

financial status of the Social Security Trust<br />

Funds. The combined asset reserves of<br />

the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and<br />

Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust<br />

Funds are projected to become depleted in<br />

2034, one year earlier than projected last<br />

year, with 80% of benefits payable at that<br />

time.”<br />

In 2034, per the report, “if Congress<br />

does not act before then ... there would be<br />

sufficient income coming in to pay 80% of<br />

scheduled benefits.”<br />

It couldn’t be clearer. In 10 years, with<br />

no action from Congress, everyone will<br />

begin receiving 80% of what they are currently<br />

receiving, or promised, under the<br />

existing Social Security system.<br />

Can anyone imagine getting a notice<br />

from a private retirement provider saying<br />

that in 10 years all beneficiaries will begin<br />

receiving 80% of what they were promised?<br />

How did we get into this situation? It’s<br />

the wonders of government planning, of<br />

socialism.<br />

Social Security is not a pension program<br />

based on investments. It is a government<br />

tax and spend program. The stipends of<br />

current retirees are paid with the payroll<br />

tax of those currently working.<br />

Because life spans have increased and<br />

population growth has decreased, there<br />

are far fewer working now to support each<br />

retiree than was the case years ago. Socialism<br />

is always mugged by reality.<br />

The Committee to Unleash Prosperity<br />

estimates that over the last 40 years, the<br />

annual real return of Social Security for<br />

“the typical middle-class worker” has been<br />

about 1% per year.<br />

Today, 30-year government bonds yield<br />

over 4%. The historic long-term return on<br />

stocks is 6%. Inflation adjusted.<br />

The paltry returns on Social Security<br />

are going to turn out much worse. To<br />

close the 20% deficit between revenues<br />

and outlays 10 years from now, some<br />

combination of tax increases and benefit<br />

cuts will be necessary. This will make bad<br />

returns even worse.<br />

Aside from the terrible economics of<br />

Social Security, how about the terrible<br />

politics?<br />

Every young person entering the workforce<br />

today has no choice but pay the payroll<br />

tax into this bankrupt system.<br />

With all our rhetoric about freedom,<br />

democracy and social justice, shouldn’t<br />

young people entering the workforce be<br />

given a choice whether they want to participate<br />

in this system? Why shouldn’t<br />

they be given the option – the freedom – to<br />

join a private retirement plan rather than a<br />

socialist government system?<br />

How about the injustice this causes lowincome<br />

Americans under the guise that<br />

government socialism is good for them?<br />

For a low-income earner, the Social<br />

Security payroll tax takes the only funds<br />

that they have available to invest.<br />

Per the Federal Reserve Consumer<br />

Finance Survey, median wealth of Black<br />

families is 15% of the median wealth of<br />

white families. Wealth comes from investment,<br />

not income. The percentage of Black<br />

families owning stock is about 60% of<br />

white families.<br />

Shouldn’t low-income families be given<br />

the option of getting out of the government<br />

system and investing privately over a<br />

40-year working life and have the option to<br />

build wealth? Why should government be<br />

telling these free, private individuals how<br />

to manage their retirement savings?<br />

Beyond what this broken system does to<br />

individuals, it also hurts the nation in the<br />

larger fiscal scheme of things. Social Security<br />

accounts for 19% of federal spending.<br />

Social Security not only points to fiscal<br />

and economic bankruptcy but also to political<br />

bankruptcy, as politicians unwilling<br />

to tell the hard truths to citizens tell them<br />

everything is OK.<br />

It’s time for leadership and truth. And it<br />

is time to give American citizens freedom<br />

to control their own property and their own<br />

lives in our free country.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center for<br />

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

with Star Parker.”<br />

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4 I OPINION I<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />





Responding to Star Parker<br />

To the Editor:<br />

In response to Star Parker’s “A<br />

nation Dr. King would not recognize,”<br />

I appreciate how she has noted that the<br />

consequences of racism are still evident.<br />

However, I do not agree with her<br />

assertion that a decline in religion is the<br />

reason we’ve not progressed since Dr.<br />

King’s time.<br />

First, religion itself can be abused and<br />

misused. It was not completely an ally<br />

of Dr. King’s movement; after all, he<br />

addressed his “Letter from a Birmingham<br />

Jail” to some white pastors who had<br />

urged him to be more moderate.<br />

Second, values that confront racism –<br />

such as diversity, equity, and inclusion<br />

– have a base in religion but transcend<br />

religious boundaries and institutions.<br />

One does not need to be a churchgoer to<br />

discern “good and evil” and the necessity<br />

for “personal responsibility;” that which<br />

enslaves, dehumanizes and exploits are<br />

pretty clearly bad things.<br />

While I disagree with Ms. Parker’s<br />

premise, I do agree with her that religion<br />

can and should be a strong force<br />

for helping realize Dr. King’s dream.<br />

People of faith can be the ones inspired<br />

to catch that vision and organize and use<br />

resources to live into it. They are also<br />

the ones best able to reach out to those<br />

beyond the walls of the church and enlist<br />

their help in our joint cause to confront<br />

an evil that has plagued our country.<br />

Greg Weeks<br />

Responding to ‘Words and<br />

Politics’<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Recent letter writer Mark T. Ryan (Jan<br />

<strong>24</strong>) used some interesting journalistic<br />

gymnastics to imply that America is a<br />

republic, but not a democracy and that<br />

democracies are inherently bad.<br />

He’s half-right but totally wrong.<br />

For the record, America is a representative<br />

democracy that functions beneath<br />

the umbrella of a constitutional republic.<br />

In essence, a democratic republic. To say<br />

we live in a republic is 100% factually<br />

correct. But to deny we have a democracy<br />

is not only totally misguided, it also<br />

has fascistic overtones.<br />

Mr. Ryan correctly states that “disinformation<br />

is deliberately false, used to<br />

influence opinions or obscure the truth.”<br />

Essentially, he’s describing Donald<br />

Trump’s lie about the 2020 election being<br />

stolen. Mr. Ryan would have us believe<br />

that a “misinformed populace” wouldn’t<br />

know any better, but how would he<br />

explain so many Republican officeholders<br />

repeating that lie, even though they<br />

all know better?<br />

He also states that “history is littered<br />

with collapsed democracies,” as<br />

if democracy was an inherently weak<br />

form of governance that is automatically<br />

doomed to failure. But doesn’t that<br />

ignore the fact that history is littered<br />

with all kinds of “collapsed” systems of<br />

governance?<br />

Or maybe Mr. Ryan was just thinking<br />

about what Adolf Hitler did to Germany.<br />

Or Vladimir Putin to Russia. Or Recep<br />

Erdogan to Turkey. Or Viktor Orban to<br />

Hungary. Or what Donald Trump will<br />

surely do to America if he is elected to<br />

be president again.<br />

Finally, Mr. Ryan makes the incredibly<br />

specious assertion that “democracies dislike<br />

the rights of individuals.” Nothing<br />

could be further from the truth.<br />

Communism and fascism don’t respect<br />

the rights of individuals. Monarchies,<br />

autocracies and dictatorships don’t<br />

respect the rights of individuals. Democracy<br />

is the only form of governance that<br />

does, in fact, respect the “rights of individuals,”<br />

because it’s the only form of<br />

governance that allows citizens to decide<br />

who they want to represent their interests.<br />

The one thing Mr. Ryan makes abundantly<br />

obvious is that an adequately<br />

(and accurately) informed populace who<br />

enjoys the benefits of living in a democracy<br />

is the No. 1 best system of governance.<br />

Kenneth P. Katt<br />

I need a jump<br />

To the Editor:<br />

With the recent frigid cold snap across<br />

the country, many stories have emerged<br />

in regard to electric vehicles (EVs) and<br />

how they have become tombstones on<br />

the side of roads, parking lots and driveways.<br />

Electric vehicles represent a significant<br />

shift in automotive technology, focusing<br />

on sustainability and efficiency. However,<br />

one critique lately being leveled<br />

against them concerns their performance<br />

in extremely cold weather conditions.<br />

First, it’s undeniable that cold temperatures<br />

can impact EV performance,<br />

particularly regarding battery efficiency.<br />

Lithium-ion batteries, which power most<br />

EVs, are known to experience reduced<br />

chemical activity in cold weather. This<br />

reduction can lead to decreased range<br />

and longer charging times, as the battery<br />

management systems work harder to<br />

maintain peak operating conditions. Yet<br />

have these issues been addressed by the<br />

mainstream media or dealerships?<br />

Still, it’s crucial to note that internal<br />

combustion engine vehicles also face<br />

winter challenges, such as decreased fuel<br />

efficiency, and potential battery failures.<br />

The narrative that EVs are uniquely disadvantaged<br />

in cold weather lacks context<br />

somewhat; all vehicles face hurdles in<br />

extreme conditions.<br />

Advances in battery technology, such<br />

as solid-state batteries, promise better<br />

cold-weather performance and quicker<br />

charging times. Additionally, many EVs<br />

now come equipped with thermal management<br />

systems to pre-condition and<br />

maintain battery temperatures, preserving<br />

range and battery health. Yet, did you<br />

know that the EV has a 12-volt battery as<br />

well as an internal combustion engine?<br />

This is for starting purposes like gasfueled<br />

vehicles and needs to be up to par<br />

as well. If you break down, the 12-volt<br />

battery has to be “jumped” like your<br />

gas car, before the EV system has to be<br />

attended to, like recharging.<br />

Infrastructure also plays a role. As EV<br />

adoption grows, the expansion of fastcharging<br />

networks and the integration<br />

of smart grid technologies can alleviate<br />

range anxiety, even in colder regions.<br />

While it’s valid to discuss the limitations<br />

of current EV technology in cold<br />

climates, it’s equally important to recognize<br />

the dynamic nature of this field. The<br />

transition to electric mobility is a journey,<br />

one where improvement and revision are<br />

driving us toward a more sustainable and<br />

efficient automotive future.<br />

Michael Sargent<br />


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February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />




An Unexpected Tenant<br />

Law Matters<br />

The mother<br />

of a friend<br />

of ours<br />

died several<br />

months ago.<br />

Her mother<br />

had left<br />

her a house<br />

in Jefferson County by way of a<br />

beneficiary deed. A beneficiary deed<br />

is a real estate deed you sign during<br />

your life, but it isn’t effective until<br />

after you die. It’s a way to avoid<br />

probate. After the grantor dies, the<br />

recipient files an affidavit of death<br />

to make a record of the grantor’s<br />

death to complete the transfer.<br />

We prepared the affidavit, had the<br />

client sign it, and then recorded it.<br />

Our client also told us that a<br />

cousin had moved into the house.<br />

I asked why, and she didn’t know.<br />

The client talked to the cousin to<br />

tell her to leave, but the cousin<br />

refused, insisting that the house did<br />

not belong to our client’s mother<br />

in the first place. The grandparents<br />

had originally owned that house,<br />

and there were several children. We<br />

filed a petition to evict.<br />

After the petition was served on<br />

the cousin, I showed up in court<br />

hoping the defendant would fail<br />

to appear, and we would get a<br />

default judgement. No such luck.<br />

The cousin wanted a trial. She said<br />

she was going to hire an attorney<br />

(thank goodness). She also said that<br />

our client’s mother did not own<br />

the house alone but with the other<br />

siblings. Very curious.<br />

So, I asked my paralegal to see<br />

who had owned the house before<br />

our client’s mother. The problem<br />

was that the record was incomplete.<br />

So, we called the client to<br />

ask how her mother got title to<br />

the house. She said she wasn’t sure,<br />

but that the title company had<br />

prepared and filed the beneficiary<br />

deed. We normally check title<br />

before we prepare a beneficiary<br />

deed, but not here.<br />

The cousin has hired an attorney,<br />

and we have a trial date. I<br />

am worried that no one probated<br />

the grandparents’ estates. If that<br />

is the case, all of the children had<br />

an interest in the house. That just<br />

really complicates things. We’ll<br />

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a dog-cloning Argentinian?<br />

OK, so if you have only read the headlines about new Argentinian president<br />

Javier Milei you might come away thinking he is an odd duck. You would be<br />

100%, unequivocally correct.<br />

Milei is a self-styled “anarcho-capitalist,” who sports a truly bizarre 1970’s<br />

drug kingpin haircut, and regularly communes with his dead pet mastiff. Oh,<br />

by the way, he had said mastiff cloned four times over and is routinely photographed<br />

with the herd of massive canines. So yes, Milei is pretty weird.<br />

He also might be the only guy who can save Argentina and maybe, just<br />

maybe, the entire <strong>West</strong>ern world. The lessons he is teaching are stark, scary<br />

and hugely important. With that in mind, we are going to share some excerpts<br />

of the speech he gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos recently.<br />

But before that, let’s quickly recount where Argentina was when Milei took<br />

over a few months ago. Inflation stood at 143% and the country owed some $43<br />

billion in unpaid import bills. Forty percent of the country lived in poverty. The<br />

Argentine peso had lost 90% of its value. Despite all that, Milei had the courage<br />

to stand in front of the world’s wealthiest people and say things like:<br />

• Today I’m here to tell you that the <strong>West</strong>ern world is in danger. And it is in<br />

danger because those who are supposed to have to defend the values of the<br />

<strong>West</strong> are co-opted by a vision of the world that inexorably leads to socialism<br />

and thereby to poverty.<br />

• When you look at per capita GDP since the year 1800 until today, what you<br />

will see is that after the Industrial Revolution, global per capita GDP multiplied<br />

by over 15 times, which meant a boom in growth that lifted 90% of the global<br />

population out of poverty.<br />

• Far from being the cause of our problems, free trade capitalism as an<br />

economic system is the only instrument we have to end hunger, poverty and<br />

extreme poverty across our planet.<br />

• Those who promote social justice start with the idea that the whole economy<br />

is a pie that can be shared differently. But that pie is not a given.<br />

• But if the state punishes capitalists when they’re successful and gets in<br />

the way of the discovery process, they will destroy their incentives, and the<br />

consequence is that they will produce less. The pie will be smaller, and this will<br />

harm society as a whole.<br />

• Countries that have more freedom are 12 times richer than those that are<br />

repressed. The lowest percentile in free countries is better off than 90% of<br />

the population in repressed countries. Poverty is 25 times lower and extreme<br />

poverty is 50 times lower. And citizens in free countries live 25% longer than<br />

citizens in repressed countries.<br />

• It should never be forgotten that socialism is always and everywhere an<br />

impoverishing phenomenon that has failed in all countries where it’s been tried<br />

out. It’s been a failure economically, socially, culturally and it also murdered<br />

over 100 million human beings.<br />

• Do not be intimidated by the political caste or by parasites who live off the<br />

state. Do not surrender to a political class that only wants to stay in power and<br />

retain its privileges. You are social benefactors. You are heroes. You are the<br />

creators of the most extraordinary period of prosperity we’ve ever seen.<br />

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Bodies found after<br />

wellness call<br />

A well-meaning mail carrier called Ballwin<br />

Police for a wellness check on Tuesday,<br />

Jan. 30, at a home on Sunnyslope Drive<br />

after the mailbox at that location became<br />

overly full. Once inside, officers found two<br />

deceased individuals whose bodies were<br />

already in a state of decay.<br />

At press time, an autopsy was underway<br />

to discover the identity of the persons and<br />

their cause of death.<br />

“They don’t believe there was any foul<br />

play exterior-wise,” Officer Mark Reckert<br />

from the Ballwin Police Department said<br />

at the time. “They are not sure what actually<br />

happened due to the state of the bodies<br />

and how early on the investigation was;<br />

that’s why the medical examiner came out.<br />

They retrieved the bodies, and the medical<br />

examiner will be doing an investigation on<br />

their end.”<br />


Athletic complex to get<br />

weather alert system<br />

A new weather alert system for the Chesterfield<br />

Valley Athletic Complex (CVAC)<br />

will give patrons access to weather delays<br />

in real time from their smartphones.<br />

Approved for purchase by the City<br />

Council at its Jan 16 meeting, the system<br />

will serve as both a proactive weather notification<br />

system and an emergency management<br />

tool.<br />

The CVAC has 21 outdoor ball diamonds,<br />

10 multi-purpose fields, six baseball/softball<br />

practice fields and six sand volleyball<br />

courts.<br />

“The largest protection is that it will identify<br />

conditions where lightning is possible,”<br />

said Mike Geisel, city administrator. “That<br />

allows an alarm system to activate and get<br />

players off of the fields.”<br />

Geisel said the alert system can also be<br />

used for various other security occurrences,<br />

but the primary driver is to identify weather<br />

and lightning hazards before they are close<br />

enough to be visible.<br />

“By that time, it’s too late,” he said.<br />

The city chose the Perry Weather system<br />

at a cost of $47,500.<br />

The system includes four alert stations<br />

that will cover the entire complex.<br />

It is the only system with text-to-speech<br />

On Feb. 21, Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala will premiere on CBS<br />

and Paramount+, and <strong>West</strong> County’s very own Moxie will<br />

be walking the pink carpet with companion Katie Harris.<br />

The dynamic duo are the driving force behind the nonprofit<br />

Moxie’s Mission. Learn more at adventureswithmoxie.com.<br />

The two-hour special will feature performances and<br />

appearances by Parton and other country artists.<br />

public address capability through the<br />

CVAC’s speakers, TW Dieckmann, director<br />

of parks, recreation and arts, said.<br />

According to Dieckmann, the text-tospeech<br />

option also gives staff the ability<br />

to use the system for more than lightning<br />

delays, such as personalized messages<br />

announcing a lost child.<br />

It also allows the option to add a QR<br />

code to the city’s webpage to allow players<br />

to see how long they will wait on a lightning<br />

delay.<br />

The system’s installation is expected to<br />

be completed before CVAC games resume<br />

in March 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

P&Z gives nod to<br />

marijuana dispensary<br />

The city of Chesterfield is likely to get its<br />

second marijuana dispensary.<br />

It will be located on a 1-acre tract of land<br />

north of Chesterfield Airport Road, west<br />

of Jaguar Land Rover Way, and south of<br />

Arnage Road.<br />

Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers,<br />

on behalf of Morganic Ventures<br />

LLC., has submitted a site development<br />

plan for a proposed 4,405 square feet retail<br />

sales building with a drive-thru on undeveloped<br />

land along Chesterfield Airport<br />

Road.<br />

The subdivision was previously rezoned<br />

to a planned commercial district with “car<br />

wash” as a permitted use. A site development<br />

section plan for Scrubbles Carwash<br />

was subsequently approved and is currently<br />

under construction.<br />

The development will be accessed by one<br />

shared drive entering from Arnage Road.<br />

Morganic Ventures is seeking a parking<br />

modification of 20% to allow 30 parking<br />

spaces. A sidewalk is required to be constructed<br />

along Arnage and Chesterfield<br />

Airport roads.<br />

Currently, Hippos is the only other marijuana<br />

dispensary in Chesterfield. It is also<br />

located on Chesterfield Airport Road.<br />

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission<br />

approved the site development plan at<br />

its Jan. 22 meeting.<br />


City Council votes for<br />

elected officials’ pay raise<br />

The Creve Coeur City Council has followed<br />

suit with several other local municipalities<br />

in voting to increase the salaries of<br />

its members and mayor.<br />

“(City Clerk) Kellie Henke helped us<br />

compile a survey of area cities’ salaries of<br />

mayor and council. Under our charter, this<br />

is to be reviewed on a quinquennial (every<br />

five years) basis. It is time for that review,”<br />

Perkins said.<br />

The chart showed salaries for mayors and<br />

council/board members of 12 area municipalities,<br />

Creve Coeur ranks eighth in both<br />

areas. Perkins said he believes it’s been 15<br />

years since his city’s rates were increased.<br />

He noted that if the council decided to<br />

increase its and the mayor’s pay rates this<br />

year, those changes would only go into<br />

effect following the election or re-election<br />

of a new or continuing mayor or member.<br />

“For some, the new amount would come<br />

into play in April of 20<strong>24</strong>,” Perkins said.<br />

There was almost unanimous agreement<br />

that the mayor’s compensation should rise<br />

at least $100 a month.<br />

“If we wait another five years, the mayor’s<br />

salary would be even more below<br />

average,” council member Heather Silverman<br />

(Ward 1) said.<br />

However, that agreement was immediately<br />

followed by banter regarding council<br />

member pay.<br />

“I agree with an increase for the mayor,<br />

but I also think as far as city council is concerned,<br />

15 years is a long time,” council<br />

member Nicole Greer (Ward 2) said. “I<br />

would support an additional $100 for city<br />

council as well. For the amount of time we<br />

spend and the things we do, I don’t think<br />

$100 is that unreasonable.”<br />

Greer made a motion to increase both<br />

salaries by $100 per month.<br />

But council member Joe Martinich<br />

(Ward 4) disagreed, saying the elected<br />

officials’ salaries should be increased by<br />

the same percentage bumping the mayor’s<br />

salary up $150 a month (to $750) while<br />

council member’s salaries would increase<br />

$100 per month (to $500).<br />

The motion to increase the mayor’s<br />

salary by $150 per month was passed with<br />

council member Sari Neudorf (Ward 3)



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opposed. The council increase also passed<br />

but only after Mayor Robert Hoffman cast<br />

the deciding vote to break a 4-4 deadlock.<br />

Holocaust Museum<br />

offers new workshops<br />

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust<br />

Museum launches a new, year-long<br />

series on Feb. 18. The “Change Begins<br />

with YOU” workshop series will continue<br />

through December. It is part of the<br />

museum’s “Change Begins with Us” initiative,<br />

which empowers St. Louisans to collectively<br />

fight against antisemitism and all<br />

forms of hate.<br />

“‘Change Begins with YOU’ is a<br />

reminder that we cannot do everything, but<br />

we can all do something to make the world<br />

a better place,” said Executive Director<br />

Myron Freedman. “These six workshops,<br />

led by the museum’s core staff team, will<br />

give each participant the tools they need to<br />

become an Active Ally, and fight against<br />

hate and bigotry in their daily lives.”<br />

Participants who sign up for all six<br />

workshops will receive a complimentary<br />

branded notebook and pen and receive<br />

one workshop free. Those wanting to take<br />

advantage of the discount will need to use<br />

the code “BUNDLE” at checkout.<br />

Change Begins with YOU includes the<br />

following sessions, all begin at 1 p.m.:<br />

• Feb. 18: Never Again is Now: Fighting<br />

Antisemitism, from Words to Action<br />

• April 21: From Genocide to Ethnic<br />

Cleansing: Why Our Words Matter<br />

• June 9: Taming the Digital Wildfire:<br />

Media Literacy in the Internet Age<br />

• Aug. 18: The Human Cost of Dehumanizing<br />

Language<br />

• Nov. 17: The Pitfalls of Wokeness: The<br />

Pros & Cons of DEI<br />

• Dec. 8: Awareness to Action: How YOU<br />

Can Become and Active Ally<br />

Individuals interested in signing up for a<br />

workshop, or the series, can visit<br />

stlholocaustmuseum.org/change-beginswith-us.<br />

Ballas Road improvements<br />

A bill for the execution of a Surface<br />

Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program<br />

with the Missouri Highways and<br />

Transportation Commission was introduced<br />

at the Jan. 8 Creve Coeur Council<br />

meeting. At the same time, the council supported<br />

a resolution granting those Phase 2<br />

Conway Road to Ladue Road improvement<br />

plans to Horner & Shifrin, Inc.<br />

After unanimously passing that legislation<br />

at the Jan. 22 council meeting, City<br />

Engineer Steve Berecz shifted his sights<br />

to the next step – a resolution calling for<br />

Horner & Shifrin to handle the work for<br />

Phase 3, which is the Ladue Road to Magna<br />

Carta Drive segment of Ballas Road.<br />

For this item, the city was awarded a federal<br />

Transportation Alternatives Program<br />

(TAP) grant in 2021. But it was later found<br />

that the water main running along the 425<br />

N. New Ballas property was very shallow<br />

and had to be relocated.<br />

“In front of you tonight is an item that<br />

was originally presented to you back in<br />

2021,” Berecz said. “The design was<br />

about 75% completed for the sidewalk<br />

project just north of the post office on<br />

Ballas Road. It’s kind of a small, but complex<br />

project with a retaining wall, and as<br />

the design moved forward, a water main<br />

had to be relocated. With the grant at that<br />

point, the city didn’t have the funds to do<br />

it. So, we took a pause, went back and<br />

reapplied for more federal monies for this<br />

project. So, the grant is paying for most<br />

of the construction. The contract is not to<br />

exceed $50,000.”<br />

In 2023, Creve Coeur re-applied for the<br />

grant with water main relocation costs<br />

included and was recently notified that the<br />

application was successful. The funds will<br />

be used to help with construction costs for<br />

sidewalk and retaining wall improvements<br />

at 425 N. New Ballas Road and at the post<br />

office at 331 N. New Ballas.<br />

Through council member conversations,<br />

the resolution was modified to note that the<br />

city will try not to move the retaining wall<br />

any closer to Ballas, which would further<br />

obstruct the view of traffic.<br />

The resolution passed unanimously.<br />

Construction is set for spring 2026.<br />


Officer of the Year recognized<br />

Family, coworkers and city officials were<br />

present at the Manchester Justice Center on<br />

Jan. 16 to honor Police Officer Asmir Zeric<br />

for the work he’s done for the Manchester<br />

Police Department.<br />

Chief Scott Will presented Zeric with<br />

the Officer of the Year award at the Board<br />

of Aldermen meeting, where he lauded<br />

Zeric’s achievements.<br />

Calling Zeric a team player, he said, “He<br />

is one of the guys who’s always willing<br />

to step up and help out the other officers.<br />

He’s mentored quite a few officers, some<br />

of them who are back here in the back. Just<br />

a really class act. What I’m trying to say in<br />

a long span is that he’s done an excellent<br />

job and we’re very proud of him.”<br />

Zeric came to the Manchester Police<br />

Department in February 2020 after previously<br />

serving with the Normandy Police<br />

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Missouri lawmakers look to repeal sales tax<br />

on food; municipalities prepare to fight<br />




A new year means a renewed effort by<br />

Missouri’s politicians to push forward<br />

another bill to eliminate the sales tax on<br />

food items – the third such attempt in as<br />

many years.<br />

Missouri lawmakers have filed six<br />

House bills for the current legislative<br />

session of the General Assembly, which<br />

aim to eliminate the sales and use taxes<br />

on food, beginning in January 2025. Two<br />

bills also have been put forth by state senators.<br />

Those propose to eliminate the state<br />

sales on food, now at 1.225%, which supports<br />

the Missouri School District Trust<br />

Fund. Monies from the fund are distributed<br />

monthly to schools statewide to be<br />

used at their discretion. The distribution<br />

is determined using a weighted daily average<br />

attendance formula.<br />

The bills<br />

For the purpose of those bills, food<br />

includes only those products and types of<br />

food for which food stamps (SNAP benefits)<br />

may be redeemed.<br />

House Bill <strong>24</strong>01, filed by Rep. Crystal<br />

Quade (D-District 132), differs from the<br />

other four House bills in that it would<br />

reduce state and local sales taxes and use<br />

taxes on food at 1.5% of the rate imposed<br />

in the base year of 2025 until those taxes<br />

reach zero. Quade represents Greene<br />

County.<br />

House Bill 1418 filed by Rep. Robert<br />

Sauls (D-021) and House Bill 1464 filed<br />

by Rep. Chris Sander (R-District 033) also<br />

seeks to eliminate the state sales or use tax,<br />

and local sales and use tax on the retail sale<br />

of food.<br />

Sauls and Sander represent districts<br />

within Jackson County, which is located in<br />

the western portion of the state and borders<br />

Kansas.<br />

In 2022, Kansas passed legislation to<br />

be enacted in three phases. Phase 1 began<br />

in January 2023, dropping the state sales<br />

tax on groceries from 6.5% to 4%. This<br />

year, the tax will drop an additional 2% on<br />

food, food ingredients and certain prepared<br />

foods. Phase 3 will see the tax reach zero<br />

on Jan. 1, 2025.<br />

St. Charles Rep. Adam Schnelting<br />

(R-District 69) says his bill (House Bill<br />

2174) differs from the other similar pieces<br />

of legislation in that it leaves the municipal<br />

taxes in place.<br />

“So my bill actually doesn’t address the<br />

municipality,” Schnelting explained. “It<br />

doesn’t repeal the sales tax for municipalities<br />

that they place on food, this is just the<br />

state portion.”<br />

That’s not the case for House Bills<br />

2055 and 2273 filed by Rep. Ben Keathley<br />

(R-District 101) and Rep. Chris Dinkins<br />

(R-District 144), respectively, which<br />

would repeal local sales and use taxes on<br />

retail food purchases in equal increments<br />

over a period of four years, resulting in a<br />

(Adobe Stock photo)<br />

zero food tax by Jan. 1, 2029.<br />

Keathley represents<br />

Chesterfield, while Dinkins<br />

represents the counties of<br />

Wayne, Shannon, Madison,<br />

Reynolds, Iron, Washington<br />

and Bollinger.<br />

Missouri senators Mary<br />

Elizabeth Coleman (R-District<br />

22) and Holly Thompson<br />

Rehder (R-District 27) also<br />

have filed bills that would<br />

eliminate the state food tax,<br />

beginning Jan. 1, 2025, and<br />

in four equal reductions,<br />

eliminate local sales and use<br />

taxes on food, culminating in<br />

zero on Jan. 1, 2029. Coleman<br />

represents Arnold and<br />

parts of Jefferson County, while Rehder<br />

represents the counties of Bollinger, Cape<br />

Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, Reynolds<br />

and Scott.<br />

In 2023, a similar bill filed by Coleman<br />

went the furthest in the legislative<br />

process but still fell short of passage. In a<br />

Senate hearing in February 2023, Coleman<br />

declared food as a necessity. “And I find<br />

taxes that are essential items are some of<br />

the most regressive, harming the poor, and<br />

not the way to fund our state government,”<br />

she said.<br />

Keathley shares that concern.<br />

“I think it’s important (that) we look at<br />

necessities and things, (and) for governments<br />

to be completely funded off of<br />

taxing people for stuff that they have to<br />

buy,” Keathley said. “To me it is wrong.<br />

And when that mountain is going up and<br />

up on people like crazy with inflation,<br />

and with other economic pressures, that’s<br />

where we’re squeezing people the hardest,<br />

and the people we’re squeezing are the<br />

people who can least afford to pay that tax.”<br />

However, municipalities statewide have<br />

voiced concern about local tax revenue<br />

losses and defeated the legislation in 2022<br />

and 2023. This year, local municipalities<br />

are speaking out again.<br />

See FOOD TAX, page 18<br />

Confused about caucuses? Here’s what you need to know<br />


It’s been a while since Missouri held a<br />

caucus to determine who will be on the<br />

August Primary ballot for president. In<br />

recent years, the first step in determining<br />

the state’s presidential nominee has been<br />

a Presidential Preference Primary held in<br />

March. Not so this year.<br />

Legislation passed in 2022 did away<br />

with the open primary, which allowed<br />

voters to cast a ballot without declaring a<br />

party affiliation, to a closed system that has<br />

Republicans voting for Republicans and<br />

Democrats voting for Democrats.<br />

The Republicans will conduct their<br />

caucus in person, at 10 a.m. on March 2 at<br />

locations across the state. The Democrats<br />

will collect their votes by mail. Locally, the<br />

Republicans will caucus by Congressional<br />

District at:<br />

• 1st Congressional District – University<br />

of Missouri-St. Louis (South Campus),<br />

2993 South Drive, St. Louis, MO 63121<br />

• 2nd Congressional District – Parkway<br />

<strong>West</strong> High School, 14653 Clayton Road,<br />

Ballwin, MO 63011<br />

The Democratic Party will hold an inperson,<br />

party-run presidential preference<br />

primary election in every county on March<br />

23. Votes may be cast in person from 8<br />

a.m.-noon; however, the party had yet to<br />

identify polling places by press time.<br />

Mail-in ballots will be made available<br />

to registered Democrats beginning Feb.<br />

12. They must be returned to the Missouri<br />

Democratic Party prior to March 23.<br />

Missouri residents can register to vote<br />

and check or declare their party affiliation<br />

on the Secretary of State’s website (sos.<br />

mo.gov). However, time is limited as party<br />

preference for Democrats must be declared<br />

prior to mid-February.<br />

Requests for mail-in ballots can be sent<br />

to the MDP (missouridems.org) from Feb.<br />

1 through March 12.<br />

In a Jan. 14 interview with Marshall<br />

Griffin, of Show Me Today, Secretary of<br />

State Jay Ashcroft said the main difference<br />

between caucuses and primaries is<br />

that “with an election, you walk in, prove<br />

your identity, get your ballot, fill it out and<br />

you’re done.”<br />

“With a caucus, it will be a longer process<br />

where you will be together with individuals<br />

at a caucus site,” Ashcroft said.<br />

“They will lock the doors at 10 a.m. and,<br />

as we used to say when we were out in the<br />

woods, the cussing and discussing starts.<br />

People actually have the opportunity to<br />

give speeches and say why Candidate A is<br />

better than Candidate B.<br />

“It’s a much more involved process of<br />

figuring out who’s best.”<br />

Ashcroft noted that the process, which<br />

he defined as “old-school democracy, civic<br />

participation,” can take a few hours up to a<br />

half-day, or more.<br />

Following the campaign terminations of<br />

Doug Burgum, Chris Christie, Tim Scott<br />

and Ron DeSantis, the remaining Republican<br />

candidates to be voted on at the caucus<br />

are Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and David<br />

Stuckenberg.<br />

While President Joe Biden is the<br />

expected presidential nominee; other<br />

candidates that could be on the presidential<br />

preference ballot are author<br />

Marianne Williamson in her second<br />

bid for the presidency and Minnesota<br />

Congressman Dean Phillips, Stephen P.<br />

Lyons, Armando Perez-Serrato and Jason<br />

Michael Palmer.<br />

The Missouri Libertarian party is hosting<br />

its caucus at its statewide conference on<br />

Feb. <strong>24</strong>. The conference is at Holiday Inn<br />

Earth City and registration is open now on<br />

the party’s website (lpmo.org).

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Town hall addresses growing Fentanyl concern<br />


“One Pill Can Kill” is the message the<br />

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) wants<br />

everyone to know when they think about<br />

the opioid fentanyl.<br />

DEA agents were on hand at a town hall<br />

meeting on Jan. 25 in Ballwin to share<br />

information about the increase of fentanyl<br />

in drugs bought on the street in the St. Louis<br />

region. The event was hosted by St. Louis<br />

County Council member Mark Harder<br />

(R-District 7) in order to share information<br />

about the One Pill Can Kill campaign.<br />

“It’s like playing Russian roulette,” Harder<br />

said. “You don’t know if that one pill is<br />

going to kill you, or the fifth pill. Fentanyl is<br />

here in <strong>West</strong> County. It’s everywhere.”<br />

It’s not just drug addicts dying from taking<br />

pills bought on the streets. Because such a<br />

small amount of the opioid can kill a person,<br />

just 2 milligrams, the one pill that can kill<br />

might be the first one a person ever takes.<br />

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid drug<br />

approved for use as a pain reliever and anesthetic.<br />

According to the DEA, it is approximately<br />

100 times more potent than morphine<br />

and 50 times more potent than heroin. DEA<br />

agent Guy Gomez said fentanyl is commonly<br />

mixed with other drugs like heroin<br />

and cocaine, and then made into pills that<br />

resemble other prescription drugs like Adderall,<br />

Xanax or prescription pain medications.<br />

He said people who buy the pills on the street<br />

might not know there is fentanyl in the pill<br />

they’ve bought until it’s too late. Laboratory<br />

testing showed seven out of every 10 pills<br />

seized by the DEA contain a lethal dose of<br />

fentanyl. Gomez shared that the DEA has<br />

seized a record 75 million fentanyl pills in<br />

2023, up from 58 million in 2022. In Missouri<br />

there were 2,181 overdose deaths in<br />

2022, compared to 2,163 in 2021. The statistics<br />

also show that heroin use is down, while<br />

pill use is on the rise.<br />

“We look at heroin as dirty because<br />

people use needles to shoot it into their arm,”<br />

Gomez said. “A fake pill looks medicinal.<br />

It’s easier to take and doesn’t have that<br />

stigma. We’ve been conditioned to accept<br />

(taking pills) more than shooting heroin.”<br />

Gomez warned there is no quality control<br />

in the places where the fake pills laced<br />

with fentanyl are made and that only drugs<br />

prescribed by a doctor and bought at a<br />

pharmacy can be trusted.<br />

“Every pill and content of each pill is<br />

random,” Gomez said. “Even if they know<br />

the drug dealer and they trust the relationship.<br />

But you can’t trust the drug because<br />

there are no standards where those<br />

drugs were made.”<br />

The DEA reports that precursers<br />

for manufacturing fentanyls usually<br />

come from India and China.<br />

Then, in its powdered form, it is<br />

sent to Mexico where it is pressed<br />

into pills, or is sumggled into the<br />

United States where it is processed<br />

and mixed with heroin or pressed<br />

into pills.<br />

A new drug that agents are finding<br />

on the streets is xylazine. It’s a<br />

sedative used on large animals by<br />

veterinarians. People who take it<br />

experience similar effects as opioids<br />

and can become addicted to it, Gomez said.<br />

It’s dangerous because narcan, the drug used<br />

to reverse opioid overdoses, does not work<br />

on those who overdose on xylazine.<br />

“We need you to be advocates in this,”<br />

Gomez said. “Be advocates for your family<br />

and your neighbors. Three hundred people<br />

a day are dying from drug overdoses. That’s<br />

the amount of people who fit on one commercial<br />

airplane dying every day. Would<br />

you allow a plane to crash every day? No.<br />

You would figure out why the planes are<br />

falling out of the sky.”<br />

To help parents of teens Gomez shared<br />



(Laura Brown photo)<br />

common emojis used on social media to<br />

reference drugs and recommends parents<br />

check their kid’s phone to look for signs of<br />

drug use. Drug dealers also use the emojis<br />

to advertise and conduct sales.<br />

Several other organizations had booths<br />

at the town hall, sharing information and<br />

assistance for those with loved ones who<br />

are addicts.<br />

Missouri American Water was there to<br />

spread the word that drugs should not be<br />

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Fischer & Frichtel seeks to expand<br />

The Villages at Brightleaf in Wildwood<br />


Fischer & Frichtel Custom Homes is<br />

looking to do an expansion of The Villages<br />

at Brightleaf in Wildwood’s Town Center.<br />

While a concept plan was presented to the<br />

city in July, the public hearing was just<br />

held on Tuesday, Jan. 16.<br />

At the Planning and Zoning (P&Z)<br />

Commission meeting, Chris DeGuentz,<br />

of Fischer & Frichtel, explained that The<br />

Pointe at Brightleaf expansion would be<br />

structurally similar to The Villages.<br />

The expansion is proposed for an 8.34-<br />

acre lot at the northeast corner of Hwy.<br />

100 and Hwy. 109, adjacent to The Villages.<br />

The 31 single-family homes would<br />

have the same villa concept with grounds<br />

maintenance included.<br />

When Fischer & Frichtel constructed<br />

The Villages, they extended Taylor Road,<br />

parallel to Hwy. 100 and connected it<br />

to old Eatherton Road, DeGuentz said.<br />

Access to the new property would be off<br />

of the new Taylor Road.<br />

“The intent is to carry that planning<br />

concept further by enhancing Taylor Road<br />

along the frontage of this property, widening<br />

it so that it’s the same standard as<br />

the rest of it ... and creating side streets<br />

that have these small pockets of homes on<br />

them,” he said.<br />

A continuous buffer would surround the<br />

site, DeGuentz added.<br />

The site would also have a walking trail<br />

and stormwater would drain down to a<br />

lake with a fountain, which would help<br />

serve as a buffer and also a beatification<br />

feature at that corner, DeGuentz said.<br />

Vegetation outside the property boundary<br />

lines would remain as well.<br />

He pointed out that the proposal would<br />

have a consistent planning concept, architecture<br />

and design standards and serve<br />

as a continuation of Brightleaf. It was<br />

implied that those features would be more<br />

desirable than the commercial 3-story,<br />

The Villages at Brightleaf (Source: Fischer & Frichtel)<br />

60,000-square-foot building that could be<br />

built there.<br />

But commissioner Scott Jackson was<br />

hesitant.<br />

“You’re going to take a commercial<br />

property, you’re going to clean up an<br />

unkempt property,” he said. Then asked,<br />

“You’re going to put residential with no<br />

direct access to 109 or 100?”<br />

Other residents were skeptical too.<br />

Felecity McGowen thinks it looks like<br />

a “lovely plan,” but she wanted to know<br />

more about how the developer planned to<br />

handle the traffic.<br />

“There’s probably at least one accident<br />

a day, if not more, that block the entrance<br />

to our neighborhood,” she said. “It’s quite<br />

hazardous.”<br />

Steve Collins noted that the firehouse<br />

on Hwy. 109 already produces a lot of<br />

noise for nearby residents.<br />

“Removal of all the green space in there<br />

is going to make that worse,” Collins predicted.<br />

“It’s an environmental injustice to<br />

us ... the noise level in that area is going<br />

to be ridiculous.”<br />

The developer is seeking a request for<br />

modification to the Town Center Regulating<br />

Plan and a change in zoning from<br />

commercial to residential to enable The<br />

Pointe at Brightleaf.<br />

No vote was taken at the meeting.<br />

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The General Assembly is back in session,<br />

but given the fact that the Senate has<br />

already experienced a two-week filibuster<br />

that pitted members of<br />

the same party against<br />

each other, many would<br />

say its not off to a productive<br />

start.<br />

On Jan. 25, Sen. Cindy<br />

O’Laughlin (R-District<br />

18) told a group of<br />

reporters gathered for<br />

Missouri Press Association<br />

Day at the Capitol<br />

that she would hold a<br />

vote to remove Sen. Bill<br />

Eigel (R-District 23)<br />

from the Senate if she<br />

knew she had the votes.<br />

O’Laughlin, who represents<br />

Northeast Missouri, is the majority<br />

floor leader. Eigel, of Weldon Spring, is a<br />

vocal member of the state-level Freedom<br />

Caucus, which refused to do any work,<br />

including approving a slate of governor<br />

appointees, until movement on their initiative<br />

petition legislation took place.<br />

In its simplest terms, the current initiative<br />

petition process allows citizens to<br />

collect signatures on a petition to place a<br />

constitution amendment on a ballot, where<br />

a simple majority is needed for passage.<br />

Changes proposed by Republicans would<br />

add various requirements<br />

that would make<br />

it more difficult to<br />

amend the state Constitution.<br />

“I don’t think at anytime,<br />

in this chamber,<br />

anyone has tied up the<br />

floor and stopped every<br />

Senator from advancing<br />

their bills more than<br />

you,” O’Laughlin told<br />

Eigel on Jan. 25 on the<br />

Senate floor.<br />

The filibuster effectively<br />

ended on Jan. 30 when the Senate<br />

approved Gov. Mike Parson’s appointees<br />

to state office. As of press time, Senate<br />

President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden (R-District<br />

19) had assigned hundreds of bills to<br />

committees. Among that legislation were<br />

bills aimed at changing the initiative petition<br />

process.<br />

While in Jefferson City, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

met with several state representatives<br />

to discuss their priorities for the legislative<br />

session that runs through May 17.<br />

Rep. Dave Hinman (R-District 103), who<br />



Missouri General Assembly kicks<br />

off legislative session amid turmoil<br />

Eigel<br />

O’Laughlin<br />

Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin to<br />

Sen. Bill Eigel:<br />

“I don’t think at anytime,<br />

in this chamber, anyone<br />

has tied up the floor and<br />

stopped every Senator<br />

from advancing their bills<br />

more than you.”<br />

represents parts of O’Fallon, is sponsoring<br />

a bill that will move municipal and board<br />

of education candidate filing forward by<br />

one week to avoid the end of filing time<br />

from falling during winter holidays when<br />

most school districts and municipal city<br />

halls are closed for business. This would<br />

prevent officials from having to open<br />

buildings for the sole purpose of accepting<br />

candidate applications. For December<br />

2023, the Parkway School District changed<br />

its filing procedure, requiring candidates to<br />

register with the St. Louis County Board<br />

of Elections rather than the school district.<br />

Rep. Phillip Oehlerking (R-District 100),<br />

who represents Ballwin, would require<br />

public schools to implement parental consent<br />

procedures for students with individualized<br />

education programs (IEP). Written<br />

parental consent would be required for initial<br />

placement, annual placement or other<br />

revisions or changes to a student’s IEP as<br />

outlined in the bill. The aim is to put more<br />

power into the hands of parents, Oehlerking<br />

said.<br />

Oehlerking is also sponsoring legislation<br />

that would place two more trustees on the<br />

Public School Retirement System Board,<br />

bringing the number of trustees to 13. The<br />

additional two trustees would be appointed<br />

by the Missouri Public Charter School<br />

Association, giving charter school teachers<br />

representation on the state board.<br />

Rep. Tricia Byrnes (R-District 63), who<br />

represents Wentzville, also is sponsoring<br />

a bill that gives parents<br />

more rights when it<br />

comes to IEPs.<br />

Additionally, she has<br />

sponsored an antibullying<br />

bill called the Missouri<br />

Childhood Hero<br />

Act. The bill would<br />

require the Department<br />

of Elementary and Secondary<br />

Education to<br />

develop a model policy<br />

that each school district<br />

must adopt to address<br />

bullying and school discipline.<br />

The policy includes a restriction<br />

on zero-tolerance disciplinary policies and<br />

mandatory training for district employees<br />

and volunteers.<br />

Rep. Ben Keathley (R-District 101), representing<br />

Chesterfield, introduced a bill<br />

that prohibits restraining a child during a<br />

juvenile court proceeding. Keathley also<br />

introduced a bill limiting the pay of public<br />

school district superintendents to five-anda-half<br />

times the total compensation of a<br />

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Department. Along with being a field training<br />

officer, Zeric also occasionally serves<br />

as a Bosniak translator.<br />


Research use at Fahr<br />

Greenhouse denied<br />

Residents in Wildwood were jubilant<br />

when the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission<br />

(P&Z) voted to deny land use<br />

modifications that would have allowed<br />

agricultural research and development<br />

activities in a non-urban setting.<br />

Solis Real Estate had proposed to use<br />

the Fahr Greenhouse facility located at<br />

18944 St. Albans Road for research and<br />

development of agricultural products.<br />

The 5-acre property is located on the<br />

south side of St. Albans Road, west of<br />

Hwy. 100. It had been a family business<br />

for decades, growing flowers and plants.<br />

Solis acquired the property in 2022 and<br />

recently had hoped to conduct research<br />

and development there to increase plant<br />

yields, improve drought resistance,<br />

encourage the use of less soil additives,<br />

and promote goals relative to growth in<br />

food production.<br />

To that end, Solis needed the city to<br />

approve modifications to the site’s current<br />

land use regulations, as well as a<br />

conditional use permit (CUP). However,<br />

residents were adamantly opposed to<br />

allowing R&D activities at this site, with<br />

chemical runoff being a big concern.<br />

Although the P&Z initially endorsed<br />

modifications to the land use, Commissioner<br />

Vicki Helfrey said she now<br />

believes the scale of the project is too<br />

large and that it leaves too many doors<br />

open. The enabling legislation was denied<br />

on its second reading.<br />

Mayor Jim Bowlin said the wide expansion<br />

of non-urban uses is not in the best<br />

interest of the city or its residents.<br />


Volunteers sought to make<br />

dreams come true<br />

Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas is<br />

asking for the public’s help to ensure the<br />

wishes of local wish kids battling critical<br />

illness come true. The nonprofit is seeking<br />

volunteers to become Wish Granters<br />

for the organization.<br />

Wish Granters meet with Wish Kids<br />

and their families to learn what the child<br />

would like to receive for their one true<br />

wish and help coordinate that experience<br />

with the Make-A-Wish team. Currently,<br />

there are over 650 children throughout<br />

Missouri & Kansas who are waiting for<br />

their wish to be granted and those wishes<br />

rely on volunteer Wish Granters to help<br />

make them come true. Some training is<br />

required to become a volunteer Wish<br />

Granter, but organizers say the impact it<br />

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is immeasurable.<br />

“Wish Granters play a crucial role in<br />

ensuring that children receive their one<br />

true wish experience, and it’s an opportunity<br />

that gives back in a lot of incredible<br />

ways,” said Brian Miller, vice president of<br />

marketing and communications at Make-<br />

A-Wish Missouri & Kansas.<br />

In addition to Wish Granters, volunteer<br />

opportunities include being an event organizer<br />

or an interpreter/translator.<br />

Individuals interested in volunteering<br />

can learn more and get started at wish.org/<br />

mokan/volunteer.<br />

MO PRESS DAY, from previous<br />

beginning teacher’s salary in that district.<br />

Rep. Justin Sparks (R-District 110),<br />

representing Wildwood, is sponsoring Valentine’s<br />

Law, a bill named for St. Louis<br />

County Police Det. Tony Valentine, who<br />

was killed by a suspect fleeing police. The<br />

suspect crashed his car into Valentine’s<br />

police vehicle, killing them both. Valentine’s<br />

Law would make fleeing from police<br />

in a vehicle a class D felony with a mandatory<br />

one-year prison sentence. The offense<br />

becomes a class B felony when, as a result<br />

of the fleeing, the person causes physical<br />

injury to another person. It becomes a class<br />

A felony if the fleeing person causes death<br />

to another person.<br />

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Chesterfield Mall tenants prepare for final exodus Chesterfield Mall turns 50<br />


Tenants are preparing for the<br />

demise of Chesterfield Mall as<br />

Aug. 31 will be its final day. But the<br />

recently released date should come as<br />

no surprise, according to Tim Lowe,<br />

senior vice president of development<br />

with The Staenberg Group (TSG).<br />

“We were always planning to close<br />

in August to accommodate demolition<br />

planned for the fall,” Lowe said.<br />

TSG is planning a sprawling<br />

development over nearly 100 acres<br />

with office buildings, luxury condos,<br />

apartments, hotels, retail, restaurants and<br />

entertainment venues. The project has<br />

been in the works for years.<br />

Chesterfield Mall opened in 1976 and<br />

comprised more than 1 million square feet<br />

of retail space. But like other malls across<br />

the country, it lost its appeal to online<br />

shoppers and stores began to close.<br />

The mall’s foreclosure was finalized in<br />

2017; after which, TSG Downtown Chesterfield<br />

Redevelopment began acquiring<br />

portions of the mall and the surrounding<br />

properties.<br />

Chesterfield Mall<br />

(Elaine Collins photo)<br />

Michael Staenberg of TSG completed<br />

the purchase of the mall property in 2020.<br />

While plans for the redevelopment were<br />

still underway, TSG decided to open up<br />

the mall for business owners and nonprofit<br />

organizations. Tenants were able to rent<br />

space on a short-term basis at a low cost.<br />

There are currently 80-90 tenants.<br />

Short-term leasing opportunities<br />

allowed an opportunity to thrive for nonprofit<br />

groups and incubator start-ups with<br />

no place to go, Lowe said.<br />

While there are still some retail establishments<br />

and restaurants, it has<br />

mainly been used for recreational<br />

and entertainment activities. On any<br />

given day there will be sports enthusiasts<br />

playing pickleball or badminton,<br />

walking the mall, or learning martial<br />

arts. It has also been used by a number<br />

of nonprofit organizations like Play<br />

your Art Out and St. Louis Teachers’<br />

Recycle Center.<br />

While some tenants already have<br />

a destination to go to after the mall<br />

closes, others will have a more difficult<br />

time. The Chesterfield Heritage<br />

Museum has been operating out<br />

of a 5,000-square-foot space at the mall.<br />

Across from the museum, Chesterfield<br />

Community Center occupies 20,000<br />

square feet. Neither has found a permanent<br />

location yet.<br />

While the mall was never intended to be<br />

a long-term lease, it did provide a home<br />

for a lot of displaced groups.<br />

“It touched a lot of people, helped a lot<br />

of people,” Lowe said.<br />

Still, he believes the tearing down the<br />

mall will be a good thing so Downtown<br />

Chesterfield can become a reality.<br />

In honor of the mall’s half-century, the<br />

Heritage Museum of Chesterfield invites<br />

area residents to share photos and Mall<br />

memories for a special exhibition.<br />

Do you have shopping bags or boxes from<br />

Mall stores? Do you remember the location<br />

of your favorite stores or restaurants?<br />

“Fifty years ago, Chesterfield Mall was<br />

undergoing construction at U.S. 40 and<br />

Clarkson Road. This year, Mall buildings<br />

are slated to be torn down and cleared away<br />

in preparation for the new ‘Downtown<br />

Chesterfield’ development. Now is the time<br />

to remember all the unique Mall events<br />

and stores where we shopped and met with<br />

friends,” exhibition organizers say.<br />

Mall memorabilia and written memories<br />

can be dropped off at the Heritage Museum<br />

of Chesterfield in the Mall from noon until<br />

3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, or they<br />

can be emailed to chesterfieldmuseum1@<br />

gmail.com.<br />

The museum’s days in Chesterfield Mall<br />

are also limited. In July, all of its collection<br />

will have to be packed up and moved before<br />

the mall demolition begins. Currently, the<br />

museum is still looking for a new home.<br />

To learn more, or help in its relocation, call<br />

(636) 735-1309.<br />

Creve Coeur looks toward using design-build process in Venable Park<br />


Known originally as Beirne Park in honor<br />

of former mayor John T. Beirne, Creve<br />

Coeur’s first city park was renamed Dr. H.<br />

Phillip Venable Memorial Park less than<br />

three years ago. Since that time, the city has<br />

been trying to construct a worthy memorial<br />

to Venable.<br />

At the City Council meeting on Monday,<br />

Jan. 22, Jason Valvero, the city’s director of<br />

recreation, said the initial idea of a Venable<br />

statue has been changed to a memorial artwork<br />

project at a cost of roughly $300,000.<br />

Some of that money, currently about $39,500,<br />

has been received in the form of private<br />

donations, including $5,000 each from the<br />

office of the Dean of Washington University<br />

School of Medicine and the Barnes-Jewish<br />

Hospital Medical Staff Association.<br />

The artwork is part of an overall master<br />

plan construction project. The goal is to start<br />

the project shortly after Labor Day 20<strong>24</strong> and<br />

be open no later than Memorial Day 2025.<br />

In reference to another Venable Park project,<br />

City Engineer Steve Berecz explained<br />

the concept of design-build construction,<br />

which is exactly what it sounds like: one<br />

source for both the design and construction<br />

of a single project.<br />

“It’s not new,” Berecz said. “Some of the<br />

things they encourage are collaboration,<br />

innovation and teamwork at the beginning.<br />

As the project rolls, there’s kind of more<br />

synergy, transparency, creative flexibility<br />

and usually cost savings. That said, in my<br />

view they’re only for very specific projects.”<br />

However, Berecz noted that because<br />

design-build is a new purchasing method for<br />

the city, it’s use would require an ordinance<br />

to modify the city’s purchasing policy.<br />

“This is just one tool in the toolbox if the<br />

city decides to move forward with this.”<br />

In this case, that tool would be used<br />

in rebuilding the park’s declining tennis<br />

courts. Berecz said that with Design-Build,<br />

the courts would be done much sooner and<br />

at a cost savings of 10-15% or $35,000 to<br />

$60,000 from the more traditional general<br />

contractor/subcontractor method. Currently,<br />

the city has a design contract with St. Louisbased<br />

engineering firm TWM Inc. for Venable<br />

Park improvements.<br />

“I just have a couple things to add,” City<br />

Administrator Mike Perkins said, following<br />

Berecz’s presentation. “One, is the Design<br />

Build process is something we have talked<br />

about from time to time.<br />

“This would be amending our purchasing<br />

policy to allow its use. We haven’t brought<br />

it previously because we haven’t identified<br />

a specific project that we really felt it made<br />

Venable Park has moved up the priorities list for improvements and repairs.<br />

(Source: Google Maps)<br />

sense to work. Now, Steve has identified<br />

this project for which it would make sense,<br />

and as Steve indicated, we’re not suggesting<br />

that we’ll be doing a lot of Design Build. It<br />

might be just one project every few years.<br />

But we can make that decision as a city on a<br />

case-by-case basis.<br />

“For the reasons Steve indicated, this is<br />

a good project to pursue that because it’s<br />

a niche kind of an area. There are a very<br />

small number of companies that do this<br />

design and construction work related to<br />

tennis courts, and we now have courts that<br />

are essentially closed because of their poor<br />

condition. They’ve been deteriorating for a<br />

number of years.”<br />

Perkins explained that when the city<br />

finished its parks master plan, Millennium<br />

Park was viewed to be the top priority. That<br />

put Venable Park behind that effort.<br />

“Now, we’re getting to Venable Park,”<br />

Perkins said, “and those courts are essentially<br />

not going to be able to be used. If we<br />

wait, they’re going to be closed for a yearand-a-half,<br />

which is not a great situation to<br />

have in the park.”<br />

The Design-Build idea received a favorable<br />

response from the council. Therefore,<br />

Perkins will draft an ordinance for a vote by<br />

the council at a future meeting.

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The cost<br />

Manchester, Ballwin and Des Peres have<br />

all passed resolutions calling for the opposition<br />

of the legislation repealing state and<br />

local sales and use taxes on food. Manchester<br />

has joined forces with the cities of Crestwood<br />

and Brentwood to fund a lobbyist to work<br />

against the passage of these bills. At the Jan.<br />

16 Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting,<br />

Mayor Mike Clement asked for approval to<br />

spend up to $5,000 for that purpose.<br />

According to Clement, other cities are<br />

also grouping together to support lobbyists<br />

for the same purpose.<br />

“Municipalities,” he said, “are really<br />

focused on this effort. We all recognize the<br />

damage it would do to us. As a matter of<br />

fact, St. Louis County has a huge interest in<br />

these bills defeated or not brought forward<br />

being the county would lose about $140<br />

million dollars.”<br />

At the Jan. 22 Creve Coeur Board of<br />

Aldermen meeting, Mayor Robert Hoffman<br />

noted that city will also be hiring a<br />

lobbyist.<br />

“Sales tax is by far our greatest source<br />

of revenue at about $1 million to $1.2<br />

million a year,” Hoffman said. “That’s<br />

a huge, irreplaceable budget loss for us,<br />

and if this passes, so many small municipalities<br />

and small towns would fold.<br />

Nearly every municipality adamantly<br />

opposes such a law and our City Administrator<br />

Mike Perkins will be hiring a lobbyist<br />

to fight this.”<br />

Clement said the city of Manchester is<br />

poised to lose around $5 million in revenue<br />

if taxes on food are repealed. The<br />

city would need to conduct an acrossthe-board<br />

review and eliminate staff and<br />

service in addition to increasing real and<br />

personal property taxes, he said.<br />

“Every service we provide in every<br />

department that we fund, that would include<br />

police departments, salaries, public works<br />

equipment, snowplows, we use, sales tax<br />

revenues,” Clement said. “We would be<br />

looking at cutting staff and we would be very<br />

careful where we would go. We (would) be<br />

looking at raising personal property and real<br />

property taxes, our tax rates are very low.<br />

We have maintained that for a long time.”<br />

According to Clement, the city receives<br />

only 4% of the total revenue collected<br />

from its residents’ property taxes. The rest<br />

goes to the Parkway School District, <strong>West</strong><br />

County Fire and EMS, and the St. Louis<br />

County Library District. He said sales tax<br />

makes up the bulk of the city’s revenue.<br />

“The food items, specifically from<br />

Walmart, Cosco, Dierbergs and two wonderful<br />

international markets make up<br />

about one-third of our revenues that allow<br />

us to provide the policing that we have,<br />

the (police) cars, and the staffing and<br />

administrative people that we have – and<br />

the parks program. All of that is driven<br />

by sales tax and food is a primary part of<br />

that.”<br />

Manchester does not have a use tax in<br />

place.<br />

Pat Kelly is the executive director of the<br />

Municipal League of Metro St. Louis. He<br />

said that organization has been proactively<br />

working on this issue for nearly three years,<br />

including holding roundtable meetings<br />

with the mayors and elected officials.<br />

“We held three of those this summer to<br />

try to educate them on the impact of this<br />

legislation specifically, as well as other legislation,”<br />

Kelly said, noting that educating<br />

voters is equally important.<br />

“If you would say to most people, would<br />

you like us to eliminate sales tax on food? I<br />

think a supermajority of people would say<br />

yes,” Kelly said, “but you have to preface<br />

that with the other side of that equation: So<br />

are you willing to give up your municipal<br />

services in order to do that? I think in most<br />

cases, people are gonna say no.<br />

“I think it’s just poor legislation. The idea<br />

that you can just keep cutting taxes without<br />

having ramifications is just ludicrous. The<br />

legislature (says) ‘Oh, we’re cutting taxes,<br />

this is a good thing.’ But they’re not giving<br />

voters the other side of the equation.”<br />

The probability<br />

“This is the third year for this legislation,”<br />

Kelly said. “You know, with a lot of legislation,<br />

it doesn’t pass the first year. So the<br />

concern is that this keeps coming back and<br />

there could be a chance that it could pass.”<br />

Kelly said the reason that the Municipal<br />

League and the municipalities are watching<br />

all of the food tax bills is “because, as<br />

the session goes on, if you’re only paying<br />

attention to one of them, another one could<br />

be added to a different bill.”<br />

“That’s how things get done at the Capitol,<br />

unfortunately. By the end of the session,<br />

you could get a big omnibus bill that is a<br />

compilation of many bills, so we have to<br />

watch all of them to make sure they don’t<br />

get added to something else. The positive<br />

thing,” Kelly said at the time of the interview,<br />

“is that none of those bills have been<br />

assigned to committee yet. The bills have<br />

to be assigned to a committee in either the<br />

House or the Senate, and then they would<br />

have a public hearing where we would be<br />

able to testify, but as of today, none of those<br />

bills have been assigned.”<br />

(Editor’s note: At press time, some of the<br />

aforementioned bills were assigned to committees.)<br />

Last year, Coleman’s legislation was<br />

added to another bill; then stripped out of it<br />

when municipalities voiced their concerns.<br />

Clement is hoping that local leaders will<br />

be heard again this year.<br />

“Every single municipality, county and<br />

city in the state of Missouri would be very<br />

negatively impacted by this,” he said.



New book explores city’s Black culture, rich history<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I NEWS I 19<br />


“Black St. Louis,” a new book by St.<br />

Louisans Calvin Riley and Nini Harris,<br />

shares the history of Black St. Louisans<br />

from the city’s founding as a French furtrading<br />

post during the Spanish colonial<br />

era in 1764 to the new millennium.<br />

The book is filled with pictures and stories<br />

of influential residents.<br />

Learn about people like Charlton Tandy,<br />

a Union Army veteran who fought for<br />

civil rights, and John Berry Meachum,<br />

an ex-slave who led the Black community<br />

with kindness and founded the First<br />

African Baptist Church. Discover how<br />

businesswoman Annie Malone built an<br />

industry that served and enriched Black<br />

residents in the early 20th century and left<br />

a lasting impact on the city.<br />

Many of the pictures are from Riley’s<br />

collection at the George B. Vashon<br />

Museum in St. Louis. Riley founded the<br />

museum in 2015 and remains its director.<br />

He is also a well-known antiques dealer<br />

and collector of Black memorabilia. He<br />

said Harris approached him with the idea<br />

to write a book after visiting the museum<br />

several times. “Black St. Louis” is Harris’s<br />

18th book on St. Louis history and<br />

architecture.<br />

“Nini would come to my museum and<br />

visit quite often and felt we needed to do a<br />

book because no one has done this,” Riley<br />

said. “There’s a lot of research out there<br />

on Black history in St. Louis that has not<br />

been told. Most people that do things in<br />

our city, when they die, they’re forgotten.<br />

We know about Martin Luther King<br />

Jr. and Malcolm X. There’s a lot of other<br />

people who did a lot and we need to talk<br />

about them.”<br />

A former educator, Riley is passionate<br />

about sharing the accomplishments of<br />

Black St. Louisans.<br />

“History needs to be told,” he said.<br />

“There’s enough documentation and artifacts<br />

to tell the truth on what you find. All<br />

cultures are rich (and) have people who<br />

have contributed to our community and<br />

kids need to hear that so they can be proud<br />

of their culture. All cultures have negative<br />

and positive parts of their history.”<br />

Riley shared the story of Jordan Chambers,<br />

who was a prominent businessman<br />

and leader in the 1940s and ‘50s. While<br />

he never held a political office, he was<br />

a powerful figure and referred to as “the<br />

Negro mayor of St. Louis,” Riley said.<br />

“It’s because of him that Black police<br />

officers were allowed to wear uniforms.<br />

He also worked to get Black<br />

people better jobs in the community,”<br />

Riley said.<br />

Harris said the pictures in the book<br />

show what everyday life was like for<br />

Black people in St. Louis.<br />

“When you see all of (the pictures)<br />

together you see the family life, sense<br />

of community, values and day-today<br />

life that we have not had many<br />

images of, or those images have not<br />

been shared with the greater community,”<br />

Harris said. “We were able to<br />

use a couple photos of mature Black<br />

men. Others show young women of<br />

African heritage elegantly attired in<br />

Victorian dress; one woman is holding<br />

a book. That is interesting considering<br />

it was illegal at the time to teach<br />

African Americans to read and write,<br />

yet here was this elegant African<br />

woman holding a book. We get to see 250<br />

years of what has transpired here.”<br />

Harris pointed out that St. Louis developed<br />

like a patchwork with different<br />

neighborhoods of immigrants including<br />

Sicilian, Irish, Polish and Black. She said<br />

it’s important to learn about them all.<br />

“So often we look at communities or<br />

(Source: Reedy Press)<br />

neighborhoods in silos. We need to look at<br />

what is special about each, and then look<br />

at the bigger picture and see how things<br />

relate to one another.”<br />

“I live in Dutchtown and went to Woodward<br />

Elementary school,” Harris said. “St.<br />

Louis history was part of our curriculum. I<br />

still have my textbook, and I love it!”<br />

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Parkway student wins<br />

Spark! Tank competition<br />

Suraiya Saroar, a Parkway <strong>West</strong> High<br />

senior, is building a business that will<br />

allow immigrants to access translation<br />

services from anywhere in the world.<br />

Saroar’s company Bamu won the $500<br />

prize at the annual Spark! Tank pitch<br />

competition sponsored by the Parkway<br />

Alumni Association and Maryville University.<br />

Bamu will use the funds to create<br />

a professional website for the company<br />

and begin networking with similar organizations.<br />

Parkway’s Spark! Business Incubator<br />

program provides students with real<br />

entrepreneurial opportunities. Supported<br />

by industry and community leaders, the<br />

program helps students discover their passions,<br />

develop essential skills and build<br />

confidence.<br />

Master wordsmiths<br />

A team representing Parkway’s Mason<br />

Ridge Elementary achieved highest<br />

honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge,<br />

a national vocabulary competition<br />

involving nearly 125,000 students<br />

annually. The fifth-grade team scored an<br />

impressive 197 points out of a possible<br />

200 in the first of three meets this year,<br />

placing first in the nation.<br />

Competing in the difficult gold division<br />

of the WordMasters Challenge,<br />

fourth-graders Daniel Bastos, Beckham<br />

Johnson and Brooke Ringhofer, and fifthgraders<br />

Sarah Adams, Izzy Blatnik, Tejas<br />

Guda, Joey Jordan, Matteo Maccotta,<br />

Harper Springman and Sylvi Walton each<br />

earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge.<br />

Other students from Mason Ridge<br />

who achieved outstanding results in the<br />

meet include third-graders Elina Calabio,<br />

Ben Rutherford and Audrey Zhao; fourth<br />

graders Harper DeWitt and Ewan Kim;<br />

and fifth graders Angela Gong, Kenise<br />

Raines and Marie Zhu. The students were<br />

coached in preparation for the WordMasters<br />

Challenge by MOSAICS teacher<br />

Abby Webb.<br />

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise<br />

in critical thinking that encourages<br />

students to become familiar with a set of<br />

interesting new words, and then challenges<br />

them to use those words to complete analogies<br />

expressing various kinds of logical<br />

relationships.<br />

Parkway’s Mason Ridge Elementary fifth-grade students who participated<br />

in the WordMasters Challenge received highest honors in the competitions.<br />

Back row (from left) Sylvi Walton, Sarah Adams, Harper Springman, Madison<br />

Cohen, Marie Zhu, Kenise Raines and Oliver Reeves. Front row (from left)<br />

Matteo Maccotta, Tejas Guda, Angela Gong, Izzy Blatnik, Ellie DeWitt, J.P.<br />

Wischnowsky and Joey Jordan.<br />

(Source: PSD)<br />

New Parkway playground<br />

complete<br />

Parkway’s Barretts Elementary playground<br />

is now complete. The school’s<br />

playground has been closed since last<br />

summer because of the construction of the<br />

new playground. The new playground was<br />

funded by a $265 million bond approved<br />

by voters in November 2022. Parkway will<br />

replace the elementary/preschool playgrounds<br />

at all schools in the next several<br />

years to improve accessibility and safety.<br />

Principia students<br />

visit Yellowstone<br />

Principia’s Field and Natural History<br />

Class of 16 students recently visited Yellowstone<br />

National Park to learn about<br />

winter ecology in the unique Yellowstone<br />

ecosystem. Their activities included testing<br />

the temperature and pH at Norris Geyser<br />

Basin and comparing that to Mammoth<br />

Hot Springs, practicing animal tracking,<br />

learning about snow science and wildlife<br />

watching.<br />

Over the course of the trip, the students<br />

came up with questions to research and collected<br />

data in the field. Some of these questions<br />

included finding out comparisons of<br />

animal presence and behavior in different<br />

communities, snow layers and their differences<br />

across communities and exploring<br />

thermophiles at Mammoth Hot Springs.<br />

Rockwood students<br />

celebrate 100th day<br />

Rockwood elementary students and staff<br />

members celebrated the 100th day of the<br />

school year with 100-themed clothing, art<br />

projects and learning activities in reading,<br />

writing, math and more.<br />

Rockwood claims three<br />

Schools of Character<br />

Rockwood’s Blevins Elementary, Eureka<br />

Elementary and Lafayette High have been<br />

named 20<strong>24</strong> state-level Schools of Character<br />

by Character.org. The three schools are<br />

among 87 nationally to earn State School<br />

of Character distinction this year. This is<br />

the third time Blevins has earned State<br />

School of Character distinction, the second<br />

time for Lafayette and the first time for<br />

Eureka.<br />

“I am honored that Lafayette High<br />

School has been recognized as a State<br />

School of Character. This is a testament<br />

to everyone’s hard work,” said Principal<br />

Dr. Karen Calcaterra. “This designation<br />

belongs to the outstanding Lafayette community<br />

comprising our students, staff and<br />

families. We believe that continuing to<br />

provide and foster an environment where<br />

being caring, committed and connected is<br />

essential to our work and creating a strong<br />

school community.”<br />

CharacterPlus is the Missouri affiliate for<br />

the State Schools of Character process and<br />

evaluates all Missouri schools and districts<br />

who apply. Character.org certifies schools<br />

and districts each year at the state level<br />

that have developed and implemented an<br />

intentional, proactive and comprehensive<br />

approach that embeds character into all<br />

aspects of the school life.<br />

These schools and districts are now under<br />

consideration for Character.org’s highest<br />

distinction of National School of Character.<br />

In all, <strong>24</strong> Rockwood schools and programs<br />

have been named State Schools of Character,<br />

and 21 have been named National<br />

Schools of Character. Kehrs Mill and Wild<br />

Horse elementary schools and LaSalle<br />

Springs Middle were named National<br />

Schools of Character last year.<br />

U.S. Presidential<br />

Scholar Candidates<br />

A total of 12 Rockwood School District<br />

students have been named candidates for<br />

the 20<strong>24</strong> U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.<br />

Each year, around 4,000 students<br />

nationally are named candidates for this<br />

program from the pool of more than 3 million<br />

high school seniors. In the spring, up to<br />

161 students from this group will be named<br />

as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s<br />

highest honors for high school students.<br />

This year, Rockwood contributed 12 of<br />

the 103 candidates from the state of Missouri,<br />

with Marquette High contributing<br />

the most students of any school in the state.<br />

Students have the opportunity to become<br />

Presidential Scholars based on three paths<br />

of accomplishment. The majority of the<br />

scholars are selected on the basis of broad<br />

academic achievement, while other students<br />

are selected on the basis of their academic<br />

and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the<br />

performing arts or creative writing and on<br />

the basis of their outstanding scholarship and<br />

accomplishment in career and technical education<br />

fields. Selection for candidates in the<br />

academic achievement path is, for the most<br />

part, made based on SAT and ACT scores.<br />

The following students were named<br />

Rockwood’s candidates for the program:<br />

• Anatoli Beyene, Marquette High<br />

• Sophie Chang, Marquette<br />

• Yoon Jae Chang, Marquette<br />

• Alex Chen, Marquette<br />

• Anja Hartmann, Eureka High<br />

• Alex Li, Marquette<br />

• Alice Liu, Marquette<br />

• Jatin Sridhar, Marquette (also recognized<br />

as Presidential Scholar in Career and<br />

Technical Education candidate)<br />

• Tina Wang, Marquette<br />

• Ryan Watkins, Eureka<br />

• Andrew Wu, Marquette<br />

• Jason Zhao, Marquette<br />

New scholarship<br />

opportunity offered<br />

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis<br />

has launched the Ameren All In Scholarship<br />

Fund, a $1,180,000, five-year commitment<br />

to provide 25 students annually<br />

with scholarship grants up to $10,000 per<br />

student per year for up to 10 semesters, or<br />

five years. Applications for this opportunity<br />

are now open.<br />

The Ameren All In Scholarship is<br />

designed to award critical “last dollar”<br />

funding to fill the gap between total cost<br />

of education and the financial resources<br />

available to students from family, school,<br />

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Balvihar of Saint Louis<br />

celebrates India’s Republic Day<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I SCHOOLS I 21<br />


It was all hustle and bustle at the Hindu<br />

Temple Community Center on Jan. 28 as<br />

students, parents and Balvihar faculty<br />

gathered to celebrate India’s Republic Day.<br />

India celebrated the adoption of the country’s<br />

constitution on Jan. 26. Balvihar is a<br />

educational organization aimed at promoting<br />

and fostering Indian culture in youth.<br />

“This is an opportunity to celebrate<br />

(India), by making our children understand<br />

various parts of the country and even<br />

though we look different, even within our<br />

own country and speak so many different<br />

languages,” Tejaswini<br />

Nayak, Balvihar<br />

teacher said. “At<br />

the end of the day,<br />

we celebrate everything<br />

in a similar<br />

fashion, maybe with<br />

small nuances here<br />

[and there]. But at<br />

the end of the day,<br />

we’re all working<br />

towards the country<br />

as Indians and<br />

[we’re all] Indian at<br />

heart.”<br />

Every year, the<br />

theme of the Republic<br />

Day celebration<br />

changes, according<br />

to Balvihar administrator<br />

Shanthi Krishnan. In previous years,<br />

each class was assigned an Indian state to<br />

create a presentation on. However, Krishnan<br />

and other faculty decided to switch up<br />

this year’s theme, focusing on the various<br />

festivals in India’s different regions and<br />

creating a competition between classes.<br />

Dressed in traditional garb, Balvihar students<br />

presented their displays to six judges.<br />

Some classes choreographed dances, some<br />

acted out skits, but all were hoping to make<br />

a lasting impression on the judges.<br />

“The experience is fun because you get<br />

to, like, make poster boards, you get to do<br />

dances, you get to listen to people playing<br />

the national anthem in an orchestra, so it’s<br />

just a really fun experience,” Namita Rai, a<br />

third-grade student said.<br />

Prominent community leaders, such<br />

as Carol Commerford and Linda Lee, of<br />

the Bach Society of Saint Louis, were<br />

selected as judges. Krishnan explained<br />

that the judges come from inside and<br />

outside the Indian community. Both<br />

Commerford and Lee focused on judging<br />

presentations from the fifth-, sixth- and<br />

seventh-grade classes.<br />

“The fifth-graders, they were so detailed<br />

and they had such beautiful displays, and<br />

they were very special. And the sixth-graders<br />

have a lot of the same types of things<br />

and they had some demonstrations so that<br />

they kind of brought it to life for us with<br />

what they did. The seventh-graders were a<br />

whole other walk. It was like walking into<br />

a whole other world,” Commerford said.<br />

After the judging was complete, it was<br />

time for the general audience performances.<br />

Several students kicked off the show with<br />

an instrumental rendition of the American<br />

and Indian national anthems. That was followed<br />

up by a fashion show presented by<br />

the kindergarten and first-grade classes.<br />

First-grade students at Balvihar dressed up as mythological<br />

characters from various Hindu epics. (Shwetha Sundarrajan photo)<br />

“My favorite part about Balvihar is that<br />

if you’re in America, you can still learn<br />

about the Indian cultures like different<br />

Indian people, the Ramayana, like everything<br />

about that. It’s also good because<br />

you can celebrate Indian festivals, even in<br />

America,” said third-grade student Yathvik<br />

Shridhar.<br />

The festivities continued as kindergartners<br />

dressed up as characters from Jataka<br />

Tales, a collection of stories depicting the<br />

previous births of Gautama Buddha in<br />

both human and animal form. First graders<br />

dressed up as mythological characters<br />

from various Hindu epics.<br />

As the festivities wrapped up, students<br />

eagerly waited to hear who were the winners<br />

of the day’s competition. Raucous<br />

cheers came from the second and seventh<br />

graders as they were announced as the<br />

winners.<br />

“When I came last night, here [Hindu<br />

Temple Community Center], it was full.<br />

All the kids were here performing so that<br />

means that participation level was very<br />

high because it was different and they<br />

really enjoyed it,” Balvihar founder Sudhir<br />

Brahmbhatt said.<br />

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February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />




Women in Business: Why it matters<br />


According to the Current Population Survey<br />

and Current Employment Statistics from the<br />

U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor<br />

Statistics, three-quarters of women between<br />

the ages 25 and 54 hold down a job today,<br />

compared with slightly more than two-thirds<br />

a decade ago. Women are also working longer<br />

hours. Today, 84% of those women work full<br />

time and many are entrepreneurs.<br />

Why does this matter?<br />

It matters because research supports that<br />

having women in the workplace improves<br />

the organizations for which they work for<br />

all employees. In a survey conducted by the<br />

Center for Creative Leadership, respondents<br />

noted that women in the workplace resulted in:<br />

• More job satisfaction.<br />

• More corporate dedication.<br />

• More meaningful work.<br />

• Less burnout.<br />

In simple terms, women get the job done –<br />

and women entrepreneurs create jobs along<br />

the way.<br />

Approximately 40% of women entrepreneurs<br />

hired one to five employees in their first<br />

year. Over 10% ultimately hired 20 or more<br />

employees, far above the global average of<br />

3%.That’s according to Global Entrepreneurship<br />

Monitor’s 2021/2022 Women’s Entrepreneurship<br />

Report.<br />

Women are often better at communication,<br />

collaboration and creativity than their<br />

male counterpoints. Which is to say, they see<br />

things differently and as such bring a different<br />

skillset and approach to problem solving. A<br />

woman’s intuition may allow her to pick up on<br />

details that enhance collaboration and make<br />

co-workers feel appreciated and customers<br />

feel noticed.<br />

In its Trends in Entrepreneurship series, The<br />

Kauffman Foundation – based in Kansas City,<br />

Missouri, no less – notes that 39.9% of businesses<br />

started in 2021 were created by women.<br />

Recruiting specialist Guidant Global’s 2022<br />

Women in Business Trends report takes that<br />

statistic further by noting that most women<br />

who own an independent business started<br />

it from scratch (33%) instead of buying an<br />

existing company (23%). Of women who<br />

own franchises, roughly one-third (34%)<br />

bought their location instead of purchasing an<br />

existing franchise location (10%). This means<br />

new revenue and new business growth being<br />

brought into a community.<br />

In terms of community, those local businesses<br />

are typically the ones that support<br />

school programs, little leagues, Scouts, nonprofits<br />

and more.<br />

Lisa Clemente<br />

Owner<br />

Lisa Clemente, owner of Allstate -<br />

Clemente Insurance Agency, began<br />

working with Allstate more than 30 years<br />

ago, first in a claims office and in 2002, as<br />

the owner of her own agency. As a result,<br />

she has insider knowledge of the claim<br />

process and a thorough understanding of<br />

policy coverage.<br />

“I love helping customers understand their<br />

coverage options and identifying risks or<br />

gaps, all while offering choices that fit their<br />

unique needs and budget.” Lisa said.<br />

The agency is excited to offer significant<br />

discounts for new roofs, low miles, safe<br />

drivers, good students and more.<br />

“We try to live into our mission every<br />

day. We want our clients to feel heard<br />

and protected, and to find the middle<br />

ground between being under-insured or<br />

insurance poor,” Lisa said.<br />

(636) 227-1072<br />

110A Holloway Road • Ballwin<br />

Spencer Argueta<br />

Vice President, Broker, Realtor<br />

Spencer Argueta, vice president, broker and<br />

Realtor at Elevate Realty knows that buying or<br />

selling a home is one of the most important<br />

transactions her clients will make. That is why she<br />

sees her role as an advocate to help her clients<br />

navigate complex transactions and provide<br />

smooth transitions from beginning to close.<br />

“I am committed to serving all the needs of my clients with knowledge, skill and care,”<br />

Spencer said.<br />

As for knowledge and skill, she is not only experienced but dedicated to continuing her<br />

education.<br />

“I want to make sure that I am not only up to date but ahead of the curve in the fast paced<br />

world of real estate,” she said.<br />

As for care, Spencer makes herself available to her clients and works hard to reach their<br />

goals. A wife and mother, she strives hard to do her best to serve families.<br />

“Clients choose to work with me because of my honesty, patience and the expertise that<br />

empowers them to make smart real estate decisions,” she said.<br />

That knowledge, skill and dedication have put her<br />

among the Top 1% of Realtors in St Louis, ranked her as<br />

Best of Zillow and featured her in Top Agent Magazine.<br />

Spencer, along with the Elevate Realty LLC Team,<br />

serves St. Louis County, Franklin County and Warren<br />

County.<br />

Put your trust in a realtor who has the real estate skills<br />

clients need and cares passionately for families. Call<br />

Spencer Argueta.<br />

1<strong>24</strong>00 Olive Street Road #203<br />

Creve Coeur • (314) 947-3791<br />

spencer@stlhp.com<br />

www.explorestlouishomes.com<br />

Jenn Avery<br />

Community<br />

Outreach Director<br />

Jenn Avery is the Community Outreach<br />

Director at Quinn Estate & Elder<br />

Law. She brings with her a decade of<br />

experience with senior living spaces,<br />

serving in various roles, most notably<br />

as an executive director of an assisted<br />

living and memory care community.<br />

Her role at Quinn Estate & Elder Law<br />

is to be a resource for seniors and their<br />

families serving as the firm’s voice to<br />

inform and educate them about longterm<br />

care planning, Veterans’ benefits<br />

and Medicaid, and recommend local<br />

resources for seniors when appropriate.<br />

Jenn also runs Elder Care Advisors,<br />

a free elder care assistance program<br />

offered to all members of the community<br />

by Quinn Estate & Elder Law.<br />

(636) 394-7<strong>24</strong>2<br />

javery@quinnestatelaw.com<br />




February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />



Kathy Beaven<br />

Independent<br />

Broker<br />

Kathy Beaven of Beaven Insurance<br />

LLC has been helping clients with<br />

Medicare insurance planning for more<br />

than 18 years. She can help seniors<br />

understand the difference between<br />

Medicare supplements and a Medicare<br />

Advantage Plan, the importance of drug<br />

plans and the details of dental and vision<br />

insurance.<br />

“Many people are bombarded with<br />

information from different carriers about<br />

the Medicare products they offer, and it<br />

can be hard to sort through it all,” Kathy<br />

said. Her goal is to get to know her<br />

clients and advise them on the Medicare<br />

Products that will best fit their lifestyle and<br />

budget. Do you have questions about<br />

Medicare? Call today for an appointment.<br />

160<strong>24</strong> Manchester Road • Ellisville<br />

(636) 549-3800<br />

www.kathybeaven.com<br />

Brenda Bader Tucker<br />

Metro Regional Manager, SVP<br />

At Peoples National Bank, people are more<br />

than just customers; they’re friends and neighbors.<br />

That’s why their dedicated associates are so<br />

involved on a local level.<br />

Brenda Bader Tucker, Senior Vice President and<br />

Metro Regional Manager, is a <strong>West</strong> County native<br />

with 44 years in the banking industry and has an<br />

extensive client portfolio. Brenda is actively involved in the local community through<br />

numerous civic organizations. “Our associates are encouraged to be actively involved in<br />

our communities to enrich the quality of life for community members in the St. Louis<br />

market,” Brenda said.<br />

She especially enjoys working with clients to help improve their financial situations by<br />

providing banking solutions that are completely tailored to each individual’s unique needs.<br />

“All banks have the same products and services. What makes us different is our<br />

associates and level of client service,” Brenda said.<br />

With assets over $1.7 billion, Peoples National Bank serves 18 communities throughout<br />

Southern Illinois and Missouri. For more<br />

information about Peoples National Bank, visit<br />

peoplesnationalbank.com.<br />

Stop in at the Town & Country Branch. Meet<br />

Brenda and her team and put their expertise and<br />

resources to work for your family, home or<br />

business. Peoples National Bank and their team<br />

are here to serve your community.<br />

14323 S. Outer Forty Road<br />

Town & Country<br />

(636) 346-8545<br />

www.peoplesnationalbank.com<br />

Chrissy<br />

Wagner<br />


With 18 years of experience selling<br />

residential real estate, Chrissy Wagner<br />

of RedKey Realty Leaders understands<br />

that buying or selling a home is more than<br />

just a transaction – it’s a life-changing<br />

experience. “That’s why I am dedicated<br />

to providing exceptional, personalized<br />

service for all of my clients. Given the<br />

competitive real estate market, my goal is<br />

to make the selling and buying process as<br />

streamlined and stress-free as possible.”<br />

Chrissy enjoys assisting her clients in<br />

reaching their real estate dreams. “I am<br />

grateful for all of the relationships I have<br />

had the opportunity to build over the<br />

years,” she said. “It is a privilege to do<br />

what I love to do every day!”<br />

(314) 412-9938<br />

Chrissy@redkeystlouis.com<br />

Vennessa Mastroianni<br />

Owner, Broker<br />

Vennessa Mastroianni is the owner and broker<br />

of Realty Masters, St. Louis, a “boutique” real<br />

estate brokerage firm with a team of<br />

knowledgeable and honest professionals whose<br />

top priority is service. Coming from a successful<br />

career in real estate in her home country of<br />

Australia, Vennessa moved to St. Louis, her<br />

husband’s native city, in 2010. She serves as<br />

Board Director for Missouri Association of Realtors, President of the Council of<br />

Independent Real Estate Brokers, and the Manchester Business Association. She also<br />

contributes to the Professional Standards, Ethics, Risk Management and Leadership<br />

Development committees both locally and at the state level. Vennessa ensures her office<br />

is dedicated to professionalism at every level.<br />

“We view real estate as more than just a transaction,” Vennessa said. “Real estate<br />

sales happen when something big has happened in someone’s life – new jobs,<br />

marriages, children. We help people through that transition.”<br />

Helping clients through those life<br />

changes is central to Realty Masters’<br />

ethos. Vennessa and her group of<br />

dedicated, caring and knowledgeable<br />

professionals know how to get clients<br />

where they need to be; they represent<br />

clients with honesty, integrity and a firm<br />

commitment to their objective. Realty<br />

Masters’ motto is “Success Sells” because<br />

that is what they do!<br />

14396 Manchester Road<br />

(636) 220-7830<br />

www.RealtyMastersStl.com<br />


Coldwell Banker Realty – Gundaker Town & Country office salutes<br />

Outstanding Women in<br />

St. Louis’ #1 Real Estate Company<br />

636-394-9300<br />

Farida Ahsan<br />

636-675-6284<br />

farida.ahsan@cbgundaker.com<br />

Karie Lyn Angell<br />

314-518-6781<br />

karielyn.angell@cbgundaker.com<br />

Phyllis Barr & Kris Barr<br />

314-973-2843/314-750-8054<br />

thebarrtradition@cbgundaker.com<br />

Mary Bay<br />

314-973-4278<br />

mary.bay@cbgundaker.com<br />

Cindy Behnen<br />

314-303-0634<br />

cindy.behnen@cbrealty.com<br />

Mary Beth Benes<br />

314-707-7761<br />

mbbenes@cbgundaker.com<br />

Donna Carrillo<br />

314-614-6883<br />

donna.carrillo@cbrealty.com<br />

Helen Chou<br />

314-469-6307<br />

helen.chou@cbgundaker.com<br />

Emmy Crawford<br />

314-732-5867<br />

emmy.crawford@cbrealty.com<br />

The Cutting Edge - Vicki & Laura<br />

636-448-78<strong>24</strong><br />

vcutting2001@yahoo.com<br />

Tammy Degenhardt<br />

314-920-8786 / 618-920-9701<br />

tammy.degenhardt@cbrealty.com<br />

Sabina Dehn<br />

314-941-4000<br />

sabina.dehn@cbgundaker.com<br />

Maggie DeLunas<br />

314-440-3856<br />

maggie@delunashomes.com<br />

Debbie Dutton<br />

314-398-4909<br />

debdutton@gmail.com<br />

Georgia Ferretti<br />

636-675-0329<br />

georgia.ferretti@cbgundaker.com<br />

Teri Flemming<br />

636-346-6489<br />

teri.flemming@cbrealty.com<br />

Dot Fleshman<br />

314-3<strong>24</strong>-3317<br />

dot.fleshman@cbrealty.com<br />

Stephanie Fultz<br />

314-973-44<strong>24</strong><br />

stephanie.fultz@cbgundaker.com<br />

Mary Gettinger 314-378-3173<br />

Kathy Gettinger 636-284-0990<br />

kathy.gettinger@cbgundaker.com<br />

Amy Gundaker-Meyers<br />

314-713-2694<br />

marrzfive@gmail.com<br />

Mary Gunther<br />

314-374-1192<br />

mary.gunther@cbgundaker.com<br />

Kelley Hainline<br />

636-219-6467<br />

kelley.hainline@cbrealty.com<br />

LaVicki Hart<br />

314-614-9293<br />


Coldwell Banker Realty – Gundaker Town & Country office salutes<br />

Outstanding Women in<br />

St. Louis’ #1 Real Estate Company<br />

636-394-9300<br />

Michelle Hoberman<br />

314-810-6600<br />

michelle.hoberman@cbgundaker.com<br />

Linda Hyink<br />

314- 853-6731<br />

linda.hyink@cbgundaker.com<br />

Courtney Kallial<br />

314-599-3797<br />

courtney.kallial@cbgundaker.com<br />

Sharla Keeney<br />

314-541-6176<br />

sharla.keeney@cbgundaker.com<br />

Margie Kerckhoff 314-616-7644<br />

Sandi Keating 314-374-3036<br />

mkerckhoff@cbgundaker.com<br />

Lauri Kincaid<br />

816-582-7986<br />

lauri.kincaid@cbgundaker.com<br />

Etty Masoumy<br />

314-406-3331<br />

etty@cbgundaker.com<br />

Katie Messey<br />

314-343-9276<br />

katie.messey@cbgundaker.com<br />

Debbie Midgley<br />

314-610-7519<br />

debbie.midgley@cbgundaker.com<br />

Nancy Miles<br />

314-440-3856<br />

maggie@delunashomes.com<br />

Rebecca Mumme<br />

314-303-2593<br />

rebecca.mumme@cbgundaker.com<br />

Stephanie Nelson<br />

314-650-6407<br />

stephanie.nelson@cbrealty.com<br />

Maureen Noghreh<br />

314 239-7790<br />

maureen.noghreh@cbgundaker.com<br />

Shelly Owens<br />

314-280-6500<br />

shelly.owens@cbgundaker.com<br />

Jenny Pappas<br />

314-941-5006<br />

jenny.pappas@cbgundaker.com<br />

Alicia Robinson<br />

314- 265-9643<br />

alicia.robinson@cbgundaker.com<br />

Heather Schulte<br />

636-236-1097<br />

heather.schulte@cbrealty.com<br />

Darby Seymour<br />

314-412-6687<br />

darby.seymour@cbgundaker.com<br />

Tali Stadler<br />

314-680-4799<br />

tali.stadler@cbgundaker.com<br />

Gail White<br />

314-550-5637<br />

gail.white@cbrealty.com<br />

Jan Woods<br />

314-623-0929<br />

jan.woods@cbgundaker.com<br />

Kathleen Woodworth<br />

314-308-0534<br />

kwoodworth@cbgundaker.com<br />

Maggie Wright<br />

314-3<strong>24</strong>-5985<br />


Celebrating<br />

WOMEN<br />

www.westcountychamber.com<br />

Lori A. Kelling, President/CEO<br />

<strong>West</strong> St. Louis County Chamber<br />

15965 Manchester Rd. • Ellisville<br />

636-230-9900<br />

lkelling@westcountychamber.com<br />

Heather Zerweck, VP of Operations<br />

<strong>West</strong> St. Louis County Chamber<br />

15965 Manchester Rd. • Ellisville<br />

636-230-9900<br />

westcountychamber.com<br />

Jean Albaugh, RN<br />

Director of Nursing<br />

Bethesda Meadow<br />

322 Old State Rd. • 636-449-1664<br />

BethesdaHealth.org<br />

Beth Becherer, DC<br />

Turning Point Chiropractic<br />

14784 Manchester Rd • Ballwin<br />

636-230-3091<br />

MLTurningPointChiropractic.com<br />

Deb Breneman, Travel Advisor<br />

Debstinations Travel<br />

Affiliate of Classic Travel Connection<br />

201-914-4077 • 314-626-3327<br />

debstinations.com<br />

Kathleen Brenner, President<br />

Bookkeeping for You<br />

314-605-1800<br />

kathy@bookkeepingforyoullc.com<br />

bookkeepingforyoullc.com<br />

Diane Carson,<br />

President/Owner<br />

Promo Xpertz LLC<br />

diane@promoxpertz.com<br />

promoxpertz.com<br />

Patty Clisham, Owner<br />

Ductz Of <strong>West</strong> St. Louis<br />

12162 Lackland Road • St. Louis<br />

314-631-6700<br />

ductz.com/west-saint-louis/<br />

Sue DeBellis, Realtor®<br />

Senior Real Estate Specialist<br />

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services<br />

Alliance Real Estate<br />

314-406-4283 • 636-530-4051<br />

Melissa Eaton, i3 Broadband<br />

Community Engagement Specialist<br />

230 Turner Blvd. • St. Peters<br />

636-208-2707<br />

melissa.eaton@i3broadband.net<br />

Dina Farrar, Owner<br />

Spotless Cleaning Services<br />

636-777-9319<br />

Facebook: @Spotless.Dina<br />

Jayne Foley,<br />

Public Relations Chair<br />

Assistance League of St. Louis<br />

636-227-6200<br />

alstl.org<br />

Jennifer Fowler, DVM, Owner<br />

Kehrs Mill Veterinary Care<br />

15479 Clayton Road • Ballwin<br />

636-204-5229<br />

kehrsmillvetcare.com<br />

Lisa Friebel, LPL Financial Advisor<br />

Cornerstone Wealth Services<br />

13358 Manchester Rd • Des Peres<br />

314-394-1670 Ext. 2138<br />

CornerstoneWealthServices.com<br />

Jill Gray, Owner<br />

Higher Focus Photography<br />

<strong>24</strong>51 Pond Road • Wildwood<br />

636-273-6600<br />

higherfocus.net<br />

Ashley Grier, Owner / President<br />

Realty ONE Group Dominion<br />

314-662-0947<br />

thegrierteam.com<br />

Krista Grossman, Owner<br />

<strong>West</strong> County Roofing<br />

& Construction<br />

636-484-8000<br />

westcountyroof.com<br />

Julie Haefner, Realtor<br />

Haefner Homes Team<br />

Keller Williams Chesterfield<br />

314-409-7969 • 636-534-8268<br />

juliehaefner@kw.com<br />

Kim Heligman, Realtor®<br />

Senior Real Estate Specialist<br />

Berkshire Hathaway Home<br />

Services Alliance Real Estate<br />

314-610-3046 • 636-530-4031<br />

Carol A. Hofer, CTP<br />

VP Treasury Management<br />

Royal Banks of Missouri<br />

9990 Manchester Road • 314-212-1539<br />

royalbanksofmo.com • NMLS # 604959



February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />



Cathy Shaw-Connely<br />

Real Estate Agent<br />

Cathy Shaw-Connely, a continuous Five Star<br />

Real Estate Agent winner, is one of the third<br />

generation of family professionals at Tom<br />

Shaw Realtors, the oldest residential real<br />

estate company in St. Louis, now celebrating its<br />

102nd year in business.<br />

With millions of dollars in sales each year,<br />

Cathy is one of the top producing agents in the<br />

St. Louis area.<br />

Cathy prides herself on superior service, follow-up and being available to her clients.<br />

She has worked extensively over the years in all areas of the real estate market,<br />

including St. Louis, Chesterfield, Wildwood and St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson<br />

counties.<br />

Buying or selling real estate is one of the largest<br />

financial investments that most people will ever make<br />

or realize. Cathy will ensure positive results and<br />

provide effective guidance through the entire process,<br />

being uniquely qualified to represent both buyers and<br />

sellers.<br />

From the most discriminating, to the first-time home<br />

buyer, clients can be assured they will be working with<br />

a real estate professional who is completely<br />

committed to helping them achieve their desired<br />

results. Whether it is a home, acreage, horse property,<br />

new construction, or a farm to be bought or sold, call<br />

Cathy and look no further.<br />

151 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd<br />

Chesterfield<br />

C: (636) 346-4960<br />

squawky1@aol.com<br />

Office: (636) 532-1922<br />

Lisa O. Stump<br />

Attorney<br />

<strong>West</strong> County resident Lisa O. Stump, president of<br />

Lashly & Baer, P.C., focuses her law practice on<br />

the areas of governmental and public institutions,<br />

including education. She is proud to represent<br />

local entities including the Rockwood School<br />

District and the St. Louis County Library among<br />

others.<br />

“The best part of my job is working with clients who are serving their communities and who<br />

want to do what’s best for their constituents,” Stump said.<br />

Stump advises her clients on issues including governance, ethics, contracts and<br />

procurement, governmental immunity, public employment, taxation and bond issues, the<br />

use of public monies, elections and public record laws.<br />

“For me the key to being a truly successful attorney is achieving the right balance between<br />

serving your clients and serving your family and community,” Lisa said.<br />

An involved member of the <strong>West</strong> County community, Lisa has served on numerous civic and<br />

nonprofit boards and commissions, including the Town & Country Clayton Road Task Force<br />

and as an Elder at Bonhomme Presbyterian<br />

Church. Currently, Lisa is involved with one<br />

of the church’s key missions, the El Centro<br />

Integral orphanage in Honduras.<br />

She believes being a good attorney requires<br />

hard work, the ability to accept responsibility<br />

and the desire to be proactive in getting the<br />

work done. (314) 621-2939<br />

www.lashlybaer.com<br />

Women of <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce<br />

Arrah Karigan, Owner<br />

Higher State Consulting<br />

Meditation Teacher • Ellisville<br />

314-307-5251<br />

higherstateconsulting.com<br />

Kathy Lovegren, Realtor®<br />

BHHS Select Properties<br />

314-753-1354 • 636- 394-<strong>24</strong><strong>24</strong><br />

KLovegren@bhhsselectstl.com<br />

KathyWillLeadUHome.com<br />

Vennessa Mastroianni<br />

Owner • Realty Masters, STL<br />

14396 Manchester Rd. • Manchester<br />

636-220-7830<br />

realtymastersstl.com<br />

Jannette Neely, Owner<br />

Nothing Bundt Cakes<br />

159 Lamp and Lantern Village<br />

Chesterfield • 636-220-6087<br />

nothingbundtcakes.com<br />

Courtney Ruder-Callahan, Realtor TM<br />

Courtney Ruder Team<br />

powered by Keller Williams<br />

314-<strong>24</strong>9-1216<br />

courtneyruder@kw.com<br />

Heather Swan, Yarn Queen<br />

Yarncom<br />

12772 Olive Blvd • Creve Coeur<br />

636-628-6784<br />

yarncomstl.com<br />

Pep Tobin, Office Manager<br />

Lafayette Center Block Advisors<br />

467 Lafayette Center • Manchester<br />

317 Clarkson Rd, Ste 101 • Ellisville<br />

636-207-0039 • blockadvisors.com<br />

Heather Wessels, Agency Principal<br />

Independent Brokers Agency<br />

580 Old State Road • Ellisville<br />

314-384-2811<br />

ibariskmanagement.com<br />

Wendi <strong>West</strong>fall, Dir. of Sales<br />

The Artisan at Cedarhurst<br />

16255 Chesterfield Parkway W<br />

Chesterfield • 217-716-0457<br />

CedarhurstChesterfield.com<br />

Shawn Young, Owner<br />

Code Ninjas Wildwood<br />

636-795-1398<br />

shawn.young@codeninjas.com<br />




Nora Amato, President/CEO<br />

Chesterfield Regional Chamber<br />

101 Chesterfield Business Pkwy.<br />

(636) 532-3399<br />

chesterfieldmochamber.com<br />

Lisa Berger, Office Manager<br />

Groundwork Mortgage<br />

(636) 534-2813<br />

lberger@groundworkmortgage.com<br />

Denise Brauer, Co-Owner<br />

SolaTrue Solar<br />

116 E. Orleans St • Pacific<br />

Chesterfield • (636) 422-5599<br />

solatrue.com/mo/st-louis.com<br />

Holly Breuer CPA|ABV<br />

President, Prosper CPAs<br />

16090 Swingley Ridge Rd., Ste. 230<br />

Chesterfield • (314) 949-1200<br />

prospercpas.com<br />

Halina J. Conti, CRPC®, MBA<br />

Ameriprise Financial, LLC<br />

14755 N. Outer Forty, Ste 500<br />

Chesterfield • (636) 534-2040<br />

halina.conti@AMPF.com<br />

Mary Ems<br />

VP Commercial Lending<br />

St. Johns Bank<br />

(314) 890-3745<br />

mems@stjohnsbank.com<br />

Carmen Fronczak, Exec Dir/CRO<br />

Friendship Village<br />

15201 Olive Boulevard • Chesterfield<br />

(636) 733-0168<br />

friendshipvillagestl.com<br />

Merrell Hansen<br />

Councilwoman<br />

Chesterfield Ward 4<br />

mhansen@chesterfield.mo.us<br />

Rebecca L. James, Associate<br />

Mickes O’Toole<br />

1<strong>24</strong>12 Powerscourt Dr., Suite 200<br />

St. Louis • (314) 878-5600<br />

mickesotoole.com<br />

Mara J. Lahnar, Partner<br />

Mickes O’Toole<br />

1<strong>24</strong>12 Powerscourt Dr., Suite 200<br />

St. Louis • (314) 878-5600<br />

mickesotoole.com<br />

Amy Lemire, President, CSP<br />

AIM Training and Consulting<br />

(847)531-3561<br />

amy@aimwithamy.com<br />

aimtandc.com<br />

Faye Licata, DMD, FAGD<br />

Licata Dental<br />

111 Hilltown Village Center,<br />

Suite 200 • Chesterfield<br />

(636) 532-2101<br />

Melissa Miles,<br />

Director of Operations<br />

Groundwork Mortgage<br />

(314) 336-0259<br />

mmiles@groundworkmortgage.com<br />

Jannette Neely, Owner<br />

Nothing Bundt Cakes<br />

159 Lamp and Lantern Village<br />

Chesterfield • (636) 220-6087<br />

nothingbundtcakes.com<br />

Chris Neskar, REALTOR®, SRS<br />

Seller’s Representative Specialist<br />

Keller Williams Chesterfield<br />

(314) 504-5500<br />

Chris@ChrisNeskar.com<br />

Elena Pappas Kratz,<br />

Listing & Buying Specialist<br />

Coldwell Banker Realty Gundaker<br />

C: (314) 973-3487 • O: (314) 993-8000<br />

elena.pappaskratz@cbrealty.com<br />

Holly Perryman<br />

Human Resources Consultant<br />

HR Managed, LLC<br />

(314) 952-2539<br />

hrmanaged.com<br />

Danielle Petty, Travel Advisor<br />

Cruise Planners<br />

(636) 778-<strong>24</strong>46<br />

Danielle.Petty@CruisePlanners.com<br />

TotalComfortTravel.com<br />

Cynthia Sutton<br />

Director of Alumni Relations<br />

Logan University<br />

1851 Schoettler Road • Chesterfield<br />

(636) 230-1789 • logan.edu<br />

Dana Tippit, Luxury Home &<br />

Senior Specialist • Remax Results<br />

16647 Chesterfield Grove • Suite 110<br />

Chesterfield • (314) 651-9900<br />


Laura Sanders<br />

Sue Kelly<br />

Laura Sanders is consistently ranked<br />

among St. Louis’ top real estate producers.<br />

When asked why she chose a career<br />

in real estate, Laura said, “I love working<br />

with people and the challenge of making<br />

people’s dreams a reality.”<br />

When she started out, Laura was lucky<br />

enough to be mentored by another<br />

“amazing” female realtor, Sue Kelly, who<br />

gave her the encouragement and knowledge<br />

she needed to move forward in becoming<br />

one of St Louis’s Top Realtors.<br />

“I was really young when I started. Sue<br />

believed in me and has always been one<br />

of my biggest supporters. She continues<br />

to inspire and encourage me to this day,”<br />

Laura said.<br />

In 2022 Laura closed over $37,600,000 in<br />

sales & facilitated 95 transactions to surpass<br />

her 2021 year of $35,000,000 in sales.<br />

The Laura Sanders Team features realtors<br />

who are top-tier negotiators that<br />

provide exceptional customer service and<br />

tailor each transaction to the customer<br />

and their specific needs. When selling a<br />

home, they use aggressive, forward-thinking<br />

marketing and provide an organized<br />

and efficient team to streamline services<br />

to their client. Laura said, “We are relentless<br />

in advocating for our customers.”<br />

In addition to a great team, Laura has<br />

strong relationships with people throughout<br />

St. Louis and a confident approach<br />

to sales. Her advanced negotiating skills,<br />

friendly personality, & professionalism provide<br />

clients with the comfort and ease to<br />

buy or sell their home.<br />

Laura Sanders • 314.605.2581<br />

laura.sanders@compass.com<br />

With 25+ years of experience, Sue Kelly,<br />

a full-time real estate professional, knows<br />

the ins and outs of the real estate market.<br />

She understands value, pricing and<br />

negotiations, and as a St. Louis native,<br />

she knows the neighborhoods, especially<br />

<strong>West</strong> St. Louis County and the central<br />

corridor.<br />

More importantly, she cares about her<br />

clients. It’s just one more reason Sue has<br />

earned the distinction of being a top producer.<br />

“It was our first time buying a home and<br />

we were so lucky to work with her,” said<br />

Erika. “It was such a great experience<br />

… Sue responded and answered all our<br />

questions giving us certain confidence in<br />

our decision.”<br />

Sue can help clients sell their present<br />

home and/or find and purchase their<br />

new one. She loves working with firsttime<br />

home buyers and teaching them the<br />

ropes.<br />

“I really like teaching people to decide<br />

what is important to them, helping them<br />

to figure out their priorities so that they<br />

make the right decision because it is an<br />

important one,” she said.<br />

Sue also has a network built over more<br />

than two decades to smooth the process.<br />

“I’ve done a whole lot of networking, and<br />

I have a lot people in hand –– stagers,<br />

lenders, inspectors and designers –– resources<br />

that will keep things easy for both<br />

sellers and buyers,” she said.<br />

Sue Kelly • 314.602.3533<br />

sue.kelly@compass.com<br />

Tonja Busiek<br />

Susan Hurley<br />

Tonja Busiek has brought her decades of<br />

real estate experience to Compass Realty<br />

Group—a technology-driven real estate<br />

company with innovative tools and exclusive<br />

programs that are redefining the buying<br />

and selling experience for her clients.<br />

A 40-year native of St. Louis, Tonja<br />

knows the area well. She is an award-winning<br />

top real estate agent and a certified<br />

Luxury Real Estate Specialist.<br />

“My passion is helping people in the<br />

Greater St. Louis area buy and sell residential<br />

homes and properties with ease.<br />

My clients are my top priority and their<br />

consistent referrals prove that to be true!”<br />

said Tonja.<br />

In a housing market as tight as the current<br />

one, having an experienced professional<br />

as your guide is priceless. Tonja is<br />

known for her professionalism, versatility,<br />

excellent communication, and always<br />

being solutions-driven. She believes that<br />

amazing service means listening and truly<br />

hearing what her clients need and want.<br />

As a result, she forms long-lasting relationships<br />

with her clients.<br />

“I pride myself on going above and beyond<br />

my clients’ expectations,” Tonja explained.<br />

“If you are in the market to buy<br />

or sell, contact me to discuss how I can<br />

leverage Compass tools to help reimagine<br />

your real estate experience. Whether<br />

you have a specific goal in mind or simply<br />

want more information, you can contact<br />

me! I thrive on making big moves as successful<br />

as possible.”<br />

Tonja Busiek • 314.504.8348<br />

tonja.busiek@compass.com<br />

With 28 years of experience, Susan Hurley<br />

knows that relationships are the foundation<br />

of a successful real estate business.<br />

Whether selling, buying, building, relocating<br />

or investing, the networks she has<br />

developed provide benefits for her clients<br />

time and time again. Focusing on her clients’<br />

goals, conscientious service and decades<br />

of experience support a seamless<br />

journey.<br />

Susan also is connected to make the most<br />

of new real estate marketing. She works<br />

with a specialized team of experts to utilize<br />

the most effective advancements in programming,<br />

digital marketing and customer<br />

support.<br />

Susan’s reputation speaks for itself with a<br />

5 Star Service Award for the last 10 years<br />

and designated as being in the top one<br />

percent of St. Louis Realtors.<br />

Susan also is a certified residential specialist<br />

and an accredited buyers representative,<br />

two designations that note dedication<br />

to the real estate field and offer trust<br />

to her clients.<br />

“Selling real estate full time is not just<br />

my ‘job.’ It has been my passion for over<br />

29 years, Susan said. “Finding the unique<br />

features and possibilities for each home<br />

is the best part, because each home and<br />

homeowner has a story to tell. No matter<br />

what interior/exterior trends may be,<br />

guiding my clients seamlessly through<br />

their real estate experience is my main<br />

priority.”<br />

Susan is also luxury certified and relocation<br />

certified and works hard locally and<br />

can work with clients internationally.<br />

“Covering a broad geographical area allows<br />

me to create great matches for sellers<br />

and buyers,” she said.<br />

Susan Hurley • 314.308.6636<br />

susan.hurley@compass.com<br />

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www.compass.com • 314.347.1658<br />

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WOMEN in<br />

Wildwood<br />

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Becky Boomer-Schlegel<br />

Owner<br />

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Wendy Brumitt - Owner<br />

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16290 Pierside Lane<br />

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Jan Coffman, Owner<br />

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16957 Manchester Road<br />

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Jill Dunlap, Owner<br />

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2642 Hwy. 109 Suite B<br />

(636) 541-<strong>24</strong><strong>24</strong><br />

www.wwyogastl.com<br />

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Buyer • Passiglia Landscape,<br />

Nursery & Garden Center<br />

1855 Hwy 109 • Wildwood<br />

(636) 458-9202 • passiglia.com<br />

Dina Farrar, Owner<br />

Spotless Cleaning Services<br />

(636) 777-9319<br />

Facebook: @Spotless.Dina<br />

Mary Jane Harris, Owner<br />

Independent Medicare Advisors<br />

503 Nantucket Springs Drive<br />

(636) 485-2615<br />

independentmedicareadvisors.com<br />

Kim Jones, Realtor®<br />

#1 Agent for BHHS Alliance<br />

Direct: (314) 323-6909<br />

Office: (636) 230-2642<br />

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Laura Jones, Broker/Project Mgr.<br />

RL Jones Properties<br />

17195 New College Avenue<br />

636-287-2700<br />

rljonesproperties.com<br />

Christine Loveland, Owner<br />

Micro Meadows Cafe & Juice Bar<br />

<strong>24</strong>22 Taylor Road<br />

(314) 920-1145<br />

www.micro-meadows.com<br />

Laurie Phillips<br />

Senior Loan Officer<br />

Paramount Bank<br />

(314) 313-8449<br />

lphillips@paramountbank.com<br />

Anne T. Riordan, M.D., Owner<br />

Forefront Dermatology<br />

16516 Manchester Road<br />

(636) 458-8400<br />

www.forefrontdermatology.com<br />

Holly Schremp<br />

Full Service Realtor<br />

Platinum Realty<br />

(314) 920-2877<br />

hollyferris.com<br />

Jodi Smedley, Community<br />

Outreach & Garden Manager<br />

Wildwood Family YMCA<br />

2641 Highway 109<br />

(636) 458-6636 ext 21972<br />

Rae Sutton, Design & Operations<br />

Three French Hens<br />

16935 Manchester Road<br />

(636) 458-8033<br />

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Jennifer Uetrecht<br />

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Jennifer Uetrecht Interior Design<br />

(636) 728-9477<br />

compass-stl.com<br />

Nettie White - Owner<br />

Nettie White Interiors<br />

16957 Manchester Rd (located at<br />

The Porch in Wildwood) • (314) 780-6195<br />

nettiewhiteinteriors.com<br />

Carmen Wilson, Agent<br />

State Farm Insurance<br />

2634 Highway 109, Ste D<br />

(636) 821-3410<br />




February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


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CITY SC 20<strong>24</strong> Schedule<br />

Don’t miss all the excitement of home games, either in the stands at City Park or in the comfort of<br />

your home with <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>’s online galleries.<br />


Feb. 20 vs. Houston • 7 p.m.*<br />

Feb. <strong>24</strong> vs. Salt Lake • 7:30 p.m.<br />

Feb. 27 at Houston • 9:30 p.m.*<br />

MARCH<br />

March 2 vs. NYC • 7:30 p.m.<br />

March 9 at Austin • 7:30 p.m.<br />

March 16 at LA Galaxy • 9:30 p.m.<br />

March 23 vs. D.C. United • 7:30 p.m.<br />

March 30 vs. Salt Lake • 8:30 p.m.<br />

APRIL<br />

April 6 vs. Dallas • 7:30 p.m.<br />

April 14 vs. Austin • 3:30 p.m.<br />

April 20 at Kansas City • 7:30 p.m.<br />

MAY<br />

May 4 at Houston • 7:30 p.m.<br />

May 11 vs. Chicago • 7:30 p.m.<br />

May 15 vs. LAFC • 7:30 p.m.<br />

May 18 at Cincinnati • 6:30 p.m.<br />

May 25 vs. Seattle • 7:30 p.m.<br />

JUNE<br />

June 1 at Miami • 6:30 p.m.<br />

June 8 vs. Portland • 7:30 p.m.<br />

June 15 at Dallas • 7:30 p.m.<br />

June 19 vs. Colorado • 7:30 p.m.<br />

June 22 vs. Atlanta • 7:30 p.m.<br />

June 29 at Vancouver • 9:30 p.m.<br />

JULY<br />

July 3 vs. San Jose • 7:30 p.m.<br />

July 7 at Colorado • 8:30 p.m.<br />

July 13 vs. Vancouver • 7:30 p.m.<br />

July 17 at Seattle • 9:30 p.m.<br />

July 20 at Kansas City • 7:30 p.m.<br />

AUGUST<br />

Aug. <strong>24</strong> at Portland • 9:30 p.m.<br />


Sept. 1 vs. LA • 1:30 p.m.<br />

Sept. 7 at New England • 6:30 p.m.<br />

Sept. 14 vs. Minnesota • 7:30 p.m.<br />

Sept. 21 at San Jose • 9:30 p.m.<br />

Sept. 28 vs. Kansas City • 7:30 p.m.<br />


Oct. 2 at LAFC • 9:30 p.m.<br />

Oct. 5 vs. Houston • 7:30 p.m.<br />

Oct. 19 at Minnesota • 8 p.m.<br />

* Concacaf Champions Cup<br />

(Lyle Whitworth Photography)

32 I SPORTS I<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />







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7-0160<br />

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The Lafayette Lancers wrestling squad<br />

SPORTS<br />

BRIEFS<br />


Lafayette boys wrestling<br />

The Lancers finished third overall in the<br />

<strong>24</strong>-team Winnentonka Invitational behind<br />

five-time state champ Liberty from nearby<br />

Kansas City and powerhouse Indianola<br />

from Iowa. Nine of the top 10 teams in<br />

Missouri Class 4 competed.<br />

It was the third-best finish for the Lancers,<br />

who have won the tournament five<br />

times and placed second two years ago.<br />

“We had a solid tournament with seven<br />

medalists out of our 13 wrestlers that participated,”<br />

Lafayette coach Joe Wier said.<br />

“We were without Andrew Wier as he was<br />

nursing an injury last week. Our group is<br />

still on the rise. We are a well-mixed team<br />

with a lot of youth and senior leadership.<br />

Putting half our team on the medal stand<br />

was a nice statement that we are here to<br />

stay and deserve to be in the conversation<br />

for a state trophy this year.”<br />

However, Wier pointed out that in the<br />

later rounds Lafayette struggled against<br />

some of the top opponents in the state.<br />

(Source: Durwood Tenny Photography)<br />

“We have work to do to climb that hill<br />

to the peak and become the best wrestlers<br />

we can be,” Wier said. “Our goals are all<br />

state and national tournament-related, but<br />

our mission is to become the best wrestlers<br />

possible and that does not change each day<br />

or year.<br />

“We have a great group of kids, but<br />

honestly we had a few of our weaknesses<br />

exposed in the meet. This is a good thing<br />

to learn now as we head down the stretch<br />

toward the end of the high school season.<br />

The challenge is always to rise from the<br />

plateaus in sports and climb to another<br />

level. Consistency and meaningful change<br />

in our attack style of wrestling is a must in<br />

order to reach our goals.”<br />

Senior Drew Mattison competed in the<br />

138-pound championship match against<br />

Rylan Mansfield of Fort Osage. The match<br />

stopped due to injury at 4:23.<br />

“Drew was wrestling a top opponent in<br />

an epic match in which he was losing 1-0<br />

and on bottom,” Wier said. “He was on<br />

bottom and kept getting to his feet attempting<br />

to get the one-point escape in the match.<br />

His opponent lifted him in the air in what<br />

we call a mat return and Drew had his arm<br />

posted outward and he landed on it hard<br />

and hurt his arm.<br />

“He could not bend it so the trainer<br />

called the match as we were unsure if it<br />

was broken. He is swollen a bit but not<br />

broken and he will be back in a week or so<br />

ready for the district event. He is a tough,<br />

physical kid that can battle so it was a scary<br />

moment to see him go down like that. He is<br />

doing much better this week.”<br />

Junior Aidan Schoen won third place in<br />

the 144-pound division. He won by fall<br />

over Indianola’s Elijah Blewitt.<br />

“He had a great meet pinning a tough<br />

opponent in the third-place match,” Wier<br />

said.<br />

Wier also liked what he saw from heavyweight<br />

Brandon Wunderlich, who placed<br />

sixth.<br />

“He has been a pleasant surprise coming<br />

back out to wrestle as a senior after taking<br />

two years off,” Wier said. “When he wrestled<br />

as a freshman he was 140 pounds and<br />

now he weighs 220 pounds.”<br />

Lafayette girls wrestling<br />

The Lafayette girls wrestling team won<br />

the Joe Schneider Memorial Tournament in<br />

Washington.<br />

Lafayette won with a team total of 187<br />

points, which was 68.5 points ahead of the<br />

second-place finisher.<br />

The 20-team meet featured a strong field,<br />

Lancers coach Wade Pinkston said.<br />

“The tournament has traditionally been<br />

a good event; this year was no different,”<br />

Pinkston said. “We have been second a<br />

couple of times and have been in the hunt<br />

at every tournament we’ve been to this<br />

season. This time we had some of our<br />

younger wrestlers step up with excellent<br />

performances that put us over the top.”<br />

Securing the first tournament win did not<br />

cause the Lancers to overreact.<br />

“Honestly, they weren’t any more excited<br />

than they’ve been for any other tournament,”<br />

Pinkston said. “The girls went to do<br />

a job, to improve in their technique, and to<br />

practice for what comes later. We’ve been<br />

in the hunt at every tournament we’ve been<br />

to and the results of that are starting to<br />

show.”<br />

Five Lancers won their weight class.<br />

Junior Hannah Henderson won at 120,<br />

senior Toby Goertz won at 125, senior<br />

Maddie Johnson won at 135, sophomore<br />

Ella Kimbrough won at 190 and junior<br />

Aaliyah Grammer won at heavyweight.<br />

“It’s always a great thing when you<br />

can put multiple people at the top of the<br />

podium,” Pinkston said. “I would say the<br />

most impressive was Ella Kimbrough. She<br />

is a first-year sophomore who has been<br />

steadily improving all season and has<br />

emerged as someone we can count on to<br />

bring us a win.”<br />

Overall, Pinkston is happy with the<br />

Lancers.<br />

“All the girls have worked hard all season<br />

and in the off-season and they earned the win<br />

and we’re happy with the win, but we have<br />

higher goals and this was another step on our<br />

journey to those goals,” Pinkston said.<br />

See SPORTS, page 34<br />

The Lafayette girls wrestling team at the Joe Schneider Memorial Tournament<br />

(Source: Durwood Tenny Photography)



Principia’s Patel playing with Team<br />

USA in U19 Cricket World Cup<br />


February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I SPORTS I 33<br />

Principia senior Parth Patel excels at a<br />

sport that flies under the radar for most<br />

people. Right now, the Chesterfield native<br />

is in Bloemfontein, South Africa representing<br />

his country in the 20<strong>24</strong> U19 Cricket<br />

World Cup.<br />

“It is very exciting especially because this<br />

is the first time the USA team has qualified<br />

since 2010,” Patel said. “We had to beat<br />

our rivals, Canada, to advance to the World<br />

Cup. It is amazing having the opportunity<br />

to play in the stadiums our idols played in<br />

and having the professional ecosystem.”<br />

The U19 World Cup takes place every<br />

two years. Patel was selected to join the<br />

14-player squad, representing the United<br />

States to compete at the Regional World<br />

Cup Qualifier in Toronto in August.<br />

“It had always been a dream for me to<br />

play and represent my county,” Patel said.<br />

“When I got the email of selection, I was<br />

relieved since there was a good amount of<br />

pressure.”<br />

Patel is one of the first male cricketers<br />

from Missouri.<br />

“I’m so proud of Parth,” said Chesterfield<br />

City Council member Gary Budoor. “In a<br />

time when too many of our headlines and<br />

social media include negative stories about<br />

our youth, Parth stands out. He brings a<br />

noteworthy moment to our community,<br />

which will be captured in history, forever.”<br />

Last fall, the city of Chesterfield issued a<br />

proclamation honoring Patel at the suggestion<br />

of Budoor.<br />

“It was an amazing award, and I am<br />

grateful to be recognized by the city,”<br />

Patel said. “It meant a lot because I was<br />

not expecting to be recognized by the city<br />

for playing cricket. It meant a lot because<br />

I hope to inspire the next set of players to<br />

do the same and work hard to reach their<br />

potential, especially in the game of cricket.”<br />

Shawn Brown, athletic director at Principia,<br />

also was impressed with the city’s<br />

recognition.<br />

“I cannot even imagine how impressive<br />

this is for a high school student,” Brown<br />

said. “It speaks not only to Parth as an athlete<br />

and cricket player, but it clearly speaks<br />

to his character as a young man. The character<br />

traits of dedication, grit, humility and<br />

poise all come to mind when I think of how<br />

Parth is a student, an athlete and a friend,<br />

which are what I believe helped in the decision<br />

to give him such a prestigious award.”<br />

Brown said Principia has a handful of<br />

students that play cricket.<br />

Partel began playing cricket at age<br />

8. He was among the first six kids to<br />

join the American Cricket Academy and<br />

Parth Patel<br />

Club (ACAC) when it was established in<br />

2015. Receiving coaching from the club’s<br />

founder, Ajay Jhamb, played a crucial role<br />

in his development as a cricketer.<br />

“It started just for fun, but when I turned<br />

14, I realized I could have a chance to represent<br />

my country,” Patel said. “My uncle<br />

got me into the game. He came from India<br />

and brought a set of stumps and a bat. We<br />

would play in the backyard for hours. It<br />

sparked my love for the game.”<br />

Patel is a bowling all-rounder, who<br />

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the wicket that is defended by a batter. A<br />

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A bowler who is also a competent batter is<br />

known as an all-arounder.<br />

Patel was selected as captain for the U19<br />

Midwest Zone for the national championships<br />

that took place in Los Angeles last<br />

June.<br />

“From my performances there, I was<br />

selected for the squad to go to Canada and<br />

play in the qualifiers for the World Cup,” he<br />

said. “(Being chosen) meant a lot because<br />

it was the culmination of all my and my<br />

parents’ hard work and sacrifice over the<br />

last eight years since I started playing.”<br />

It was the first time the U19 USA Team<br />

had beaten Canada to qualify for the World<br />

Cup.<br />

“It was the best moment I have experienced<br />

as a player in any sport,” said Patel,<br />

who also is an excellent baseball player for<br />

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SPORTS, from page 32<br />

High school girls<br />

basketball<br />

Principia coach Joshua Spuhl<br />

recently earned his 250th career<br />

victory as a varsity coach.<br />

In his 15th year and second<br />

year at Principia, Spuhl reached<br />

the milestone when his Panthers<br />

defeated Villa Duchesne 73-<strong>24</strong>,<br />

Before he arrived at Principia,<br />

Spuhl coached five years at Webster<br />

Groves and eight years at<br />

Pacific.<br />

His girls did not know about the<br />

milestone win until Shawn Brown,<br />

the Principia athletic director<br />

announced it after the game.<br />

“It has been an amazing journey,” Spuhl<br />

said. “I have been blessed with awesome<br />

assistant coaches and players. Marcus<br />

Black has been one of my assistant coaches<br />

for 14 of the 15 years. He is a great coach<br />

and makes us better.”<br />

The Panthers are playing well this season.<br />

Principia will soon begin play in the postseason,<br />

playing in Class 2 District 4.<br />

“Our team is doing very well,” Spuhl<br />

said. “The girls are having fun and putting<br />

in the work needed to compete. This team<br />

is very capable of many things. We want to<br />

compete day in and day out. We are hosting<br />

districts this year, we look forward to<br />

that.”<br />

Lafayette wrestling<br />

hall of fame<br />

Steve Landry is the 20<strong>24</strong> inductee into<br />

the Lafayette Wrestling Hall of Fame. He<br />

was inducted by former Lancers coach<br />

Fred Ross at the Lafayette tournament that<br />

bears Ross’ name.<br />

Landry was a state champion in 1986 in<br />

the 138-pound weight class.<br />

In being named to the Hall of Fame, he<br />

joins Ross, the entire 1992 state championship<br />

team, two-time state champion Scott<br />

PATEL, from page 33<br />

We played them twice in the tournament.<br />

The first time we had lost on the last ball.<br />

At first, we were sad and disappointed, but<br />

then we realized we could beat them the<br />

next time we played.<br />

“It was unbelievable, to beat the expected<br />

winners at their home field in front of all<br />

their fans. The time leading up to the game<br />

and during the game was filled with so<br />

much energy and nerves. We, as a team,<br />

had performed the best, which was why we<br />

came out on top.”<br />

Once he gets back from South Africa, it<br />

Coach Joshua Spuhl and his Principia Panthers<br />

Redford, state champion and current coach<br />

Brian Sanguinet and Andy Early, a state<br />

runner-up.<br />

“Steve was recognized as the Win Magazine<br />

National Wrestler of the Year,” Lafayette<br />

coach Joe Wier said. “He was one of<br />

the best wrestlers in Lafayette history and<br />

he went on to wrestle for the Army. Steve’s<br />

teammates said that he rarely ever was<br />

scored on in matches or in the wrestling<br />

room. He was a dominant wrestler who<br />

loved the daily fight of wrestling. He also<br />

served his country in the Army.”<br />

Steve Landry and Fred Ross (Photo provided)<br />

won’t be long before baseball practice begins.<br />

“He’s a stud on the mound, plays shortstop<br />

and second base at a high level, and<br />

typically bats leadoff for us, pretty much<br />

always putting the ball into play with<br />

pace,” Brown said.<br />

But there is more to Patel than sports. He<br />

is a gifted student. He also volunteers this<br />

time in service to others.<br />

“In my opinion, it is important to have a<br />

strong education which is why I strive to<br />

balance my cricket and school,” said Patel,<br />

whose GPA is 4.0 unweighted. “I love<br />

giving back to the community. I am grateful<br />

for my cricket academy because they<br />



(Photo provided)<br />

Landry still lives in the region.<br />

“He was appreciative to be inducted. He<br />

had family and friends with him and he<br />

seemed very honored to have coach Ross<br />

give him his plaque,” Wier said. “His name<br />

is now getting engraved on the perpetual<br />

plaque in our trophy case. It was a touching<br />

moment to see his old coach get to<br />

honor his efforts one more time in front of<br />

our sold-out finals crowd at the Fred Ross<br />

Tournament.”<br />

Weir is a big fan of Lafayette having this<br />

Hall of Fame to celebrate these talented<br />

athletes.<br />

“We have a saying, ‘Once a Lancer,<br />

Always a Lancer’. The people in the Wrestling<br />

Hall of Fame laid the foundation<br />

for the success that we experience today,”<br />

Wier said. “Creating that culture of high<br />

achievement gives the new generation of<br />

Lancers the fire to keep that top tier level<br />

of wrestling.”<br />

Looking ahead, Wier said he is excited<br />

about future inductions.<br />

“In the coming years, it will be fun to<br />

include more of the boys wrestling side<br />

but I truly look forward to inducting our<br />

amazing women’s group that has only been<br />

around six years with over seven girls who<br />

went on to wrestle at the collegiate level,”<br />

Wier said.<br />

have given me numerous opportunities for<br />

me to give back to my community and help<br />

me make an impact.”<br />

Patel also is involved with Bal-Vihar, the<br />

Center for Indian Cultural Education.<br />

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roots and my home back in India,” he said.<br />

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of this, I have been able to strengthen my<br />

understanding of my faith and learn about<br />

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Eating disorders in<br />

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February is Eating Disorders Awareness<br />

Month, bringing attention to a problem<br />

that’s become epidemic in the U.S. According<br />

to the National Eating Disorders Association,<br />

nearly 30 million Americans will<br />

have some type of eating disorder, all of<br />

which are considered forms of mental illness,<br />

at some point during their lives. And<br />

while most people may think of eating<br />

disorders as mainly impacting adolescents<br />

and teens, they are increasingly prevalent<br />

among older adults…especially women.<br />

In 2023, researchers from the Yale<br />

School of Medicine reported that almost<br />

3% of women between the ages of 50 and<br />

64, and about 2% of women over 65, suffer<br />

from an eating disorder. These illnesses,<br />

which include anorexia nervosa, binge<br />

eating and bulimia, can quickly become<br />

very serious and even fatal in older people.<br />

In fact, research has shown that just over<br />

20% of older adults with an eating disorder<br />

eventually die from the condition.<br />

Why are older women in particular at<br />

risk? Studies have shown they commonly<br />

begin when an emotional “trigger” of some<br />

kind causes these behaviors.<br />

A study previously published in the Journal<br />

of Eating Disorders found that the transition<br />

to menopause can leave many women<br />

more vulnerable, as shifting hormones cause<br />

them to put on weight that’s harder to lose.<br />

Others may have recovered from eating disorders<br />

when they were younger, and relapse<br />

after menopause as their bodies go through<br />

normal age-related changes. Stress and<br />

anxiety caused by life events such as adjusting<br />

to an empty nest, divorce, retirement<br />

or widowhood can also leave women more<br />

susceptible to eating disorders.<br />

Whatever their cause, health experts<br />

agree it’s critical that eating disorders later<br />

in life be addressed as quickly as possible.<br />

If a friend or loved one displays any of the<br />

following symptoms, she may need help:<br />

• Rapid weight loss<br />

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• Eating by herself or acting secretive<br />

• Appearing to feel guilty about eating<br />

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• Appearing emotionally upset or<br />

depressed<br />

• Sudden development of oral health<br />

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Parkinson’s pollution link<br />

You may be more likely to develop Parkinson’s<br />

disease if you live in a city where<br />

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at Barrow Neurological Institute<br />

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regions with above-median levels of air<br />

pollution have a 56% greater risk of developing<br />

Parkinson’s compared to those living<br />

in regions with the lowest pollution levels.<br />

The researchers also found that the relationship<br />

between air pollution and Parkinson’s<br />

incidence is not the same in every part<br />

of the country – instead, it varies in strength<br />

by region. The St. Louis area is identified<br />

as a Parkinson’s “hotspot” according to the<br />

air quality map they developed, along with<br />

other cities in the Mississippi-Ohio River<br />

Valley, parts of Kansas, North Dakota,<br />

Texas and Michigan, and the tip of Florida.<br />

“This means that the pollution in these<br />

areas may contain more combustion particles<br />

from traffic and heavy metals from<br />

manufacturing, which have been linked to<br />

cell death in the part of the brain involved<br />

in Parkinson’s disease,” said study leader<br />

Brittany Krzyzanowski, Ph.D.<br />

The team’s conclusions were based on a<br />

Medicare dataset of nearly 22 million people,<br />

which identified nearly 90,000 Americans<br />

with Parkinson’s. They used geospatial<br />

analysis to confirm the associations between<br />

numbers of people with the disease and airborne<br />

fine particulate matter resulting from<br />

pollution in the regions where they live.<br />

“Despite years of research trying to identify<br />

the environmental risk factors of Parkinson’s<br />

disease, most efforts have focused on exposure<br />

to pesticides,” Krzyzanowski added.<br />

“This study suggests that we should also be<br />

looking at air pollution as a contributor in the<br />

development of Parkinson’s disease.”<br />

Forecasting pain<br />

Changes in the weather and worsening<br />

of chronic pain are linked for many people.<br />

For example, shifts in atmospheric pressure<br />

and humidity have been shown to induce<br />

migraines in those with the condition, as<br />

well as worsening of pain caused by arthritis<br />

or other persistent joint problems.<br />

In a recent survey conducted by the University<br />

of Georgia, about 70% of respondents<br />

with chronic pain said they would<br />

actually alter their day-to-day plans based<br />

on weather-based pain “forecasts.”<br />

“We’re finding more consistent relationships<br />

between weather patterns and pain,<br />

so it seems more possible to make weatherbased<br />

pain forecasts This study was to<br />

survey and see what the audience was<br />

for this type of forecast,” said lead author<br />

Christopher Elcik, Ph.D.<br />

The survey included more than 4,600<br />

people, both with and without chronic pain.<br />

Among migraine sufferers who responded,<br />

89% identified weather as something that<br />

impacts their pain level, and 79% saw<br />

weather as a trigger for pain. Among individuals<br />

with other conditions, 64% said weather<br />

patterns could trigger pain and 94% identified<br />

weather as a factor that impacts pain.<br />

Their interest in using a pain forecasting<br />

tool was also high, Elcik said, with 72% of<br />

those living with migraine and 66% with<br />

other pain-related conditions saying they<br />

would alter their behavior in response to<br />

information it could provide.<br />

In a recent survey, more than two-thirds<br />

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someone with insight into the level of risk<br />

for a day, maybe people can take steps to<br />

prevent the pain from happening,” Elcik<br />

said. “There are preventative measures<br />

people can take if risks are higher.”<br />

About half of those with pain conditions<br />

said they would be “extremely likely” to take<br />

those measures – which include taking medication,<br />

resting or avoiding other pain triggers<br />

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One a day<br />

The simple step of taking a multivitamin<br />

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in older adults, according to the latest<br />

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pital-based research organization. They<br />

tested the effects of a daily multivitamin<br />

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period in 573 participants who visited<br />

their clinic in person, and who were<br />

over age 60.<br />

The researchers also conducted a metaanalysis<br />

that included over 5,000 different<br />

participants across the U.S. who participated<br />

in two other cognition studies within<br />

the COSMOS trial … one that had measured<br />

the cognitive effects of multivitamins<br />

in a phone-based format and another<br />

that did the same using the internet.<br />

Overall results showed statistically significant<br />

benefits among participants taking<br />

the multi-vitamin compared to placebo,<br />

both in global cognition and episodic<br />

memory. Overall, the authors estimated, a<br />

daily multivitamin may slow global cognitive<br />

aging by the equivalent of two years<br />

compared to a placebo.<br />

“Cognitive decline is among the top health<br />

concerns for most older adults, and a daily<br />

supplement of multivitamins has the potential<br />

as an appealing and accessible approach<br />

to slow cognitive aging,” said first author<br />

Chirag Vyas, MBBS, MPH. “These findings<br />

will garner attention among many older<br />

adults who are, understandably, very interested<br />

in ways to preserve (their) brain health.”<br />

Results of the new COSMOS trial were<br />

recently published in the The American<br />

Journal of Clinical Nutrition.<br />

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• • •<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital offers a<br />

Today’s Grandparents class on Monday,<br />

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hands-on class offers updates on current<br />

trends in infant care and feeding, and<br />

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grandparenting. The course fee is $20 per<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a Bone<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital sponsors a<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Coffee and<br />

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Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive, in<br />

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• • •<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers Living a<br />

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Love<br />


A recent survey explored what happens when couples with differing<br />

political views attempt to watch the news together. (Adobe Stock photo)<br />

HEALTH<br />



Cardiovascular deaths<br />

continue to rise post-COVID<br />

Each February marks American Heart<br />

Month; and in 20<strong>24</strong>, the U.S. unfortunately<br />

faces what public health experts recently<br />

called an “enduring setback” in the fight<br />

against heart disease. New research shows<br />

that a continued rise in fatal heart attacks<br />

and strokes since 2020 has erased a decade’s<br />

worth of progress the nation had previously<br />

made toward slowing down its No. 1 killer.<br />

A just-published study led by investigators<br />

from the U.S. Centers for Disease<br />

Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed<br />

information about the deaths of more than<br />

10 million U.S. adults over age 35 between<br />

2010 and 2022. Trends from each of those<br />

years show that, in sharp contrast to a<br />

decline of 8.9% between 2010 and 2019,<br />

death rates from cardiovascular causes<br />

rose by 9.3% from 2020 through 2022.<br />

“We were concerned about the emerging<br />

evidence that (heart disease and stroke) outcomes<br />

worsened during the first two years<br />

of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to<br />

understand whether the concerning trends<br />

were temporary or whether they continued<br />

through 2022,” said Rebecca C. Woodruff,<br />

Ph.D., MPH, of the CDC’s Division for<br />

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The<br />

analysis confirmed that there were 228,000<br />

more cardiovascular disease deaths than<br />

expected from 2020-2022; and they rose<br />

across all age, sex and ethnicity categories.<br />

Woodruff pointed to several possible<br />

explanations for the ongoing increases:<br />

• The pandemic prevented access to<br />

healthcare for many people, which may<br />

have led to delays in detecting and treating<br />

their chronic or acute heart disease.<br />

• Disruptions in daily life may have<br />

made it harder for people to do the things<br />

that prevent heart disease…which include<br />

managing high blood pressure, eating and<br />

sleeping well, being physically active,<br />

quitting tobacco, and controlling weight,<br />

cholesterol and blood sugar.<br />

• Evidence also suggests that people who<br />

have had COVID-19 are at higher risk for<br />

new or worsening heart disease, which<br />

may have contributed to the subsequent<br />

uptick in cardiovascular death rates.<br />

She said refocusing on prevention and<br />

management of cardiovascular diseases<br />

is an essential first step in halting these<br />

increases and improving public health for<br />

all Americans.<br />

Political differences may<br />

challenge relationships<br />

In this election year, the current partisan<br />

political climate already has many people<br />

concerned whether Americans with differing<br />

views can continue to coexist. But what<br />

if you and your spouse or romantic partner<br />

are on different sides of the political aisle …<br />

which by some estimates includes as many<br />

as 30% of American couples?<br />

Communications researchers at the<br />

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign<br />

recently looked at this question in terms<br />

of couples’ media habits and their impact<br />

on relationships. They conducted in-depth<br />

interviews with about 35 couples whose<br />

political views differed, either from the<br />

outset of their relationships or after one<br />

partner changed political affiliation during<br />

the relationship. Either way, seemingly<br />

mundane decisions about news coverage<br />

and consumption became “especially difficult,”<br />

according to communications pro-<br />

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fessor Emily Van Duyn.<br />

“They saw the news as inherently political,<br />

and their selection of a news outlet<br />

or the act of sharing an article or video<br />

meant they were intentionally pulling their<br />

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political differences and finding a way to<br />

navigate them.”<br />

Some couples said they decided on a<br />

media outlet they could agree on to view<br />

together, while others intentionally chose<br />

to consume news independently, whether<br />

in separate rooms or by scrolling their<br />

social media feeds on separate devices.<br />

Still others responded by watching their<br />

preferred news outlets secretly, when their<br />

partner wasn’t around.<br />

For most of the study couples, Van Duyn<br />

said, if the news began to take a negative<br />

toll on their relationships, they eventually<br />

decided to avoid it altogether or to quit<br />

sharing articles or videos with each other,<br />

because doing so triggered tensions that<br />

affected their emotional intimacy.<br />

Pregnancy weight gain/<br />

long-term mortality risk<br />

Gaining weight during pregnancy is necessary<br />

for a woman to have a healthy baby<br />

… but gaining more than the now-recommended<br />

amount can pose serious health<br />

risks for her far into the future, according<br />

to a recent study published in The Lancet.<br />

Researchers from the University of<br />

Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine<br />

looked at 50 years of data to determine<br />

the long-term health effects of what’s now<br />

considered to be excessive weight gain<br />

during pregnancy. They found that a higher<br />

risk of death from heart disease or diabetes<br />

existed for all the weight groups they analyzed,<br />

including those defined by current<br />

standards as underweight, normal weight,<br />

or overweight prior to their pregnancies.<br />

Updated recommendations for weight gain<br />

during pregnancy were set in 2009, and are<br />

linked directly to a woman’s weight at the<br />

start. They range from 28-40 pounds for<br />

those considered “underweight” by body<br />

mass index (BMI) standards to 11-20 pounds<br />

for those considered “obese.” By those standards,<br />

almost half of pregnant women now<br />

gain more weight than recommended.<br />

Approximately 39% of the cohort of<br />

women they studied – who had given birth<br />

Gaining more weight than medically<br />

recommended during pregnancy increases a<br />

woman’s mortality risk decades later, a recent<br />

study found.<br />

(Adobe Stock photo)<br />

approximately five decades prior – had<br />

died by 2016. Their mortality rates rose or<br />

fell in correlation with their pre-pregnancy<br />

BMI measurements; those with the lowest<br />

BMIs died at a lower rate than those with<br />

the highest.<br />

The most striking statistic was that, for<br />

women considered underweight before<br />

pregnancy who gained more than the nowrecommended<br />

amount of weight, the risk<br />

of death related to heart disease climbed<br />

by 84%. Those of normal or average prepregnancy<br />

weight who gained more than<br />

recommended had a 20% higher risk.<br />

“We hope that this work leads to greater<br />

efforts to identify new, effective, and safe<br />

ways to support pregnant people in achieving<br />

a healthy weight gain,” said the study’s<br />

lead author Stefanie Hinkle, Ph.D. “We<br />

showed that gaining weight during pregnancy<br />

within the current guidelines may<br />

protect against possible negative impacts<br />

much later in life, and this builds upon evidence<br />

of the short-term benefits for both<br />

maternal health and the health of the baby.”<br />

MU researchers link IBS<br />

with other chronic illnesses<br />

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an<br />

extremely common gut disorder that impacts<br />

millions of Americans of all ages – up to 15%<br />

of the population, statistics suggest. Their<br />

symptoms tend to come and go, and can<br />

include intense abdominal pain and cramping,<br />

bloating, diarrhea and constipation. There’s<br />

no definite cause and no cure for this frustrating<br />

condition, but it can often be improved<br />

with medication and dietary changes.<br />

Researchers at the University of Missouri<br />

School of Medicine recently discovered<br />

links between IBS and two other common,<br />

yet similarly mysterious, illnesses.<br />

Their recent analysis of more than 1.2<br />

million people hospitalized with IBS found<br />

that they were five times more likely than<br />

people without IBS to also have fibromyalgia,<br />

a chronic disorder characterized by<br />

muscle pain and tenderness throughout<br />

the body. These patients also more frequently<br />

suffered from chronic fatigue<br />

syndrome (CFS), a disease that causes<br />

severe tiredness not relieved by sleep,<br />

weakness, insomnia, brain fog and<br />

other symptoms.<br />

These findings build on previous<br />

research the team published early in<br />

2023. In that study of the same group of<br />

patients, they found that the prevalence<br />

of mental health problems, including<br />

anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and<br />

others, was significantly higher in those<br />

with IBS than in the general adult population.<br />

In fact, more than 38% of the<br />

patients with IBS also dealt with anxiety,<br />

and more than 27% with depression.<br />

Dr. Yezaz Ghouri, MU assistant professor<br />

of clinical medicine and senior<br />

author of both studies, said identifying other<br />

ailments as early as possible in those with<br />

IBS can help to improve their quality of life.<br />

“This is yet another example where ailments<br />

in the gut are linked to ailments elsewhere<br />

in the body and mind,” Ghouri said.<br />

“As we continue to learn more about how gut<br />

health effects health elsewhere, it is important<br />

that clinicians look for and manage<br />

somatic comorbidities in IBS patients.”<br />

On the calendar<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital presents<br />

a Staying Home Alone in-person<br />

class on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10-11:30<br />

a.m. at the SLCH Specialty Care Center<br />

<strong>West</strong> County, 13001 N. Outer Forty Road<br />

in Town and Country, in the third-floor<br />

conference room. Parents and children<br />

attend the class together to ensure a child’s<br />

readiness – physically, mentally, socially<br />

and emotionally – to stay at home alone. A<br />

family workbook, emergency cards, family<br />

fire escape plan, parent checklist for assessing<br />

readiness and first aid kit are included.<br />

The registration fee is $25 per family. To<br />

register, call (314) 454-5437.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC offers a Bariatric Surgery Information<br />

Session on Monday, Feb. 19 from 5:30-<br />

6:30 p.m., live via Zoom. Join a Washington<br />

University bariatric physician to learn more<br />

about surgical treatment options available at<br />

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish<br />

<strong>West</strong> County Hospital for patients who meet<br />

certain criteria. To register, visit classesevents.bjc.org;<br />

to learn more about BJC’s<br />

bariatric surgery criteria for patients, call<br />

(314) 454-72<strong>24</strong> and press Option 1.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors<br />

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 6-8:30 p.m., live via<br />

Teams Meeting. This interactive class is a<br />

great introduction to the basics of babysitting<br />

and is recommended for ages 10 and<br />

above. A workbook, first-aid kit, babysitter<br />

skills assessment and backpack are<br />

included in the cost of $25 per child. Please<br />

note that the child is the registrant; parents<br />

may sit in on the class at no additional cost.<br />

Register online at bjc.org/babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Be Still to<br />

Chill: Basics of Meditation on Wednesday,<br />

Feb. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Desloge<br />

Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center<br />

Drive in Chesterfield, in Building A. Have<br />

you tried meditating but find it difficult or<br />

frustrating? Meditation is a research-supported<br />

way to help reduce stress, anxiety and<br />

chronic pain, improve our sleep, and even<br />

reduce risk for some diseases! Come to this<br />

free in-person program to learn the basics of<br />

meditation as well as many tips to support<br />

your practice. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Let’s Cook!!<br />

Heart Healthy Cooking on Thursday, Feb.<br />

29 from 2-3 p.m. at Schnucks Eatwell Market,<br />

220 THF Blvd. in Chesterfield. The DASH<br />

(Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)<br />

diet is a flexible and balanced eating plan for<br />

everyone that promotes a heart-healthy lifestyle.<br />

During American Heart Month, join a<br />

St. Luke’s dietitian to get the scoop on DASH,<br />

learn now to prepare sodium-free seasonings,<br />

and taste a delicious cranberry grain salad.<br />

The course is free. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Mercy St. Louis offers a Sitter Skills<br />

course on Friday, March 1 from 6-9 p.m.<br />

at the hospital, 615 S. New Ballas Road,<br />

in Classroom #2 on the 7th floor. Children<br />

ages 11 to 13 will learn about infant care,<br />

child development, interactive play, safety,<br />

handling emergency situations and marketing<br />

babysitting services. Children should<br />

bring a doll or stuffed animal to class to<br />

learn how to change diapers. The cost is<br />

$30 per child. Register online by visiting<br />

mercy.net/practice/mercy-hospital-st-louis<br />

and clicking on Classes, Seminars and<br />

Events, then Skills Classes for Kids.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital is launching the St.<br />

Luke’s Book Club in 20<strong>24</strong>, and will host<br />

periodic community events to discuss book<br />

selections. The first St. Luke’s Book Club<br />

event will be held on Tuesday, March 26<br />

from 6:30-8 p.m. at the hospital’s Institute<br />

for Health Education, 232 S. Woods Mill<br />

Road in Chesterfield, in Conference Rooms<br />

1 and 2. The cost to participate is $5. Those<br />

who register to attend in person will receive<br />

a copy of communication and leadership<br />

consultant Anne Grady’s book, “Strong<br />

Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience,<br />

and Triumph.” Join us for this interactive<br />

meeting based on Grady’s book to discuss<br />

lessons learned, share motivating stories,<br />

and support others on their journey toward<br />

realizing they are “strong enough.” Space is<br />

limited. Register at stlukes-stl.com.



Life is filled with seasons of change,<br />

but sometimes people delay making<br />

important changes in their lifestyle<br />

when often moving forward can help<br />

them make the most of their lives, said<br />

Missy Fevold, director of leasing at<br />

Gambrill Gardens.<br />

For example, life can get better when<br />

someone finally takes that step and joins<br />

an independent living retirement community<br />

like Gambrill Gardens, Fevold said.<br />

“Everybody in life is intimidated by<br />

change,” she said. “Taking that step<br />

into a senior living community is not as<br />

scary as you think,” she said. “We have<br />

a lot of people move in who say I should<br />

have done this years ago.”<br />

Gambrill Gardens is a unique and<br />

enduring place. The independent living<br />

community has been serving seniors for<br />

more than 45 years. Purchased seven<br />

years ago from the United Methodist<br />

Church, the facilities have had a $7 million<br />

renovation.<br />

The space is bright and airy. There are<br />

big windows, restful relaxing scenery,<br />

fireplaces, game rooms, puzzle rooms,<br />

lots of nice places to sit and visit and<br />

coffee going <strong>24</strong> hours a day, Fevold said.<br />

“We have a very warm community;<br />

our residents are very warm and friendly.<br />

They really enjoy meeting new friends and<br />

neighbors,” she said.<br />

Socializing is just one part of three aspects<br />

of life that lead to good health and satisfaction<br />

as we age, Fevold said. The other two<br />

are movement and nutrition. Socially, being<br />

in a community with people in a similar situation<br />

is better than being isolated, she said.<br />

“The studies coming out that show what a<br />

lack of socialization can do to the aging process<br />

are startling,” she said. “What we like<br />

to concentrate on are a really nice variety<br />

of social activities. We have happy hours<br />

every Friday night, live music two to three<br />

afternoons or early evenings a week. There<br />

are craft classes, cooking classes, painting<br />

classes, Bingo every Saturday night. And<br />

we celebrate every national holiday. We also<br />

have a grand patio where we grill and watch<br />

Cardinals games under the stars.”<br />

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Gambrill Gardens: A change for the better<br />

As for movement, the community is surrounded<br />

by 25 acres of greenspace with<br />

walking paths where there are opportunities<br />

to see wildlife, and if indoor exercise is what<br />

you prefer, Gambrill Gardens has that too.<br />

“We have a state of the art gym and personal<br />

trainer and 12 to 15 classes a week,<br />

everything from balance classes and<br />

strength training to Tai Chi,” Fevold said.<br />

Nutrition is also central with delicious,<br />

healthy food prepared by a team of chefs<br />

that prepare meals made from scratch that<br />

include lots of veggies and fresh fruits.<br />

Gambrill Gardens also provides services<br />

that surround their 300 residents with caring<br />

assistance to allow people to live independently<br />

as long as possible. AW Health Care<br />

provides personal care for those who need<br />

it whether that is medication management,<br />

help with showering or assistance getting in<br />


(Gambrill Gardens photo)<br />

and out of bed. RPI Therapy Services provide<br />

physical and occupational therapies for<br />

those needing them.<br />

Perhaps one of the most important reasons<br />

to embrace the change to independent living,<br />

however, is the valuable time that is gained<br />

when seniors leave behind the cares of a home.<br />

Seniors are often overwhelmed by the<br />

care and maintenance of their homes – snow<br />

removal, lawn care or even cleaning. Then,<br />

there are safety issues. According to one study,<br />

over 75 percent of American homes are not<br />

suited for aging safely. It might be because of<br />

the stairs, bathrooms or just general upkeep<br />

that needs addressing, Fevold said.<br />

People don’t realize how much time that<br />

takes, valuable time they could use enjoying<br />

life and the things they enjoy doing in life.<br />

“Get rid of all of that. Come into senior<br />

living and get back into the things you enjoy<br />

doing. We work with families to help make<br />

that change as smooth as possible,” she said.<br />

Call Gambrill Gardens today for a personal<br />

tour and learn more about its independent<br />

living community.<br />

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bombs and steamers, plus body butter,<br />

beard balm and shower oil. Packed with<br />

pure ingredients such as plant-based oils<br />

and shea butter, Magnolia soap and bath<br />

products are designed to richly moisturize<br />

all skin types. Mother and son partners,<br />

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the new location. For more information<br />

search Magnolia Soap and Bath Co. Wildwood<br />

on social media.<br />

• • •<br />

Vantage Credit Union is holding a grand<br />

opening celebration from 9 a.m.-noon on<br />

Feb. 10 at its new location in Eureka at 1467<br />

W. Fifth St. The Eureka location marks the<br />

13th branch for Vantage. Vantage branches<br />

have an updated design and upgraded technology,<br />

including personal teller machines<br />

that offer the convenience of a traditional<br />

ATM, but with a direct video interface<br />

with a live Vantage teller. In celebration<br />

of the Eureka branch, Vantage is hosting a<br />

$500 gift card drawing. Entry in the drawing<br />

closes on Feb. 15. Details and rules are<br />

available at vcu.com/eureka500.<br />

• • •<br />

Custom home builders Hibbs Luxury<br />

Homes is celebrating its 20th anniversary<br />

in business. Hibbs Luxury Homes was one<br />

among the first home builders in the St. Louis<br />

region to build green certified homes. For<br />

more information go to hibbshomesusa.com.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

Courtney Nieves, CEO of Garden View<br />

Care Centers, has been named a 20<strong>24</strong> St.<br />

Louis Titan 100. The Titan 100 program<br />

recognizes the Top 100 CEOs and C-level<br />

executives in St. Louis. The honorees will<br />

be published in a limited-edition Titan 100<br />

book and will be honored at an awards ceremony<br />

on April 18.<br />

• • •<br />

United Way of Greater St. Louis named<br />

Roman Wuller as its new board chair,<br />

succeeding Keith Williamson. Wuller will<br />

be responsible for leading United Way’s<br />

Board of Directors and overseeing governance<br />

and policy setting. Wuller serves<br />

as chair of Thompson Coburn and is a<br />

litigator representing major corporations in<br />

high-stakes litigation in venues across the<br />

country.<br />

• • •<br />

Steve Jones has been named Parkway’s<br />

director of transportation, effective Feb. 1.<br />

Jones is currently the manager of transportation<br />

operations and has been with Parkway<br />

since 2019. He has nearly 20 years<br />

of experience in school district transportation<br />

in the St. Louis region. Before joining<br />

Parkway, Jones served students in St. Louis<br />

Public Schools, Rockwood and Francis<br />

Howell school districts for 15 years.<br />

• • •<br />

United 4 Children announced its new<br />

Board of Directors. Jonathan Strong, chief<br />

equity and inclusion officer for the City of<br />

St. Louis, Stephanie Usher, assistant vice<br />

president for the Federal Reserve Bank and<br />

Susan Brewster, strategic growth manager<br />

for Hussmann, will serve as directors and<br />

Beth Csengody, vice president of advisor<br />

diversity and inclusion at LPL Financial, will<br />

become the new board chair. United 4 Children<br />

is a nonprofit serving children, families,<br />

and child care partners across Missouri.<br />

• • •<br />

Delta Dental of Missouri has named<br />

Rhonda Graack as its general counsel<br />

where she will lead the company’s compliance,<br />

legal, audit and government relations<br />

functions. Graack has more than 15 years<br />

of experience as a corporate healthcare<br />

attorney and compliance executive. Graack<br />

earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Arizona<br />

State University College of Law.

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


Family Partners Home: Smaller, more comfortable and a little closer to home<br />



Family Partners Home has<br />

expanded and completed its new<br />

three home neighborhood especially<br />

designed for people with dementia.<br />

These homes provide an intimate,<br />

comfortable environment in a traditional<br />

neighborhood. The new<br />

assisted living homes were created<br />

with one idea in mind – people with<br />

dementia do best in a small homelike<br />

environment.<br />

“When you are forgetful, a small<br />

environment is better,” said Barth<br />

Holohan, the company’s president.<br />

“And it’s best to have the environment<br />

you’re used to, a home with a<br />

kitchen, living room and dining room,<br />

where people are hanging out in the<br />

living areas and only going to the bedroom<br />

at night to sleep.”<br />

Large retirement communities are<br />

often overwhelming for people with<br />

dementia, which can drive them to their<br />

bedrooms, Holohan said.<br />

Family Partners Home has a total of<br />

four homes in the City of Manchester at<br />

141 and Manchester Road.<br />

“It’s like a small neighborhood of<br />

assisted living memory homes in<br />

a larger residential neighborhood,”<br />

Holohan said. “When you look out the<br />

(Family Partners Home photo)<br />

windows you see other houses not a thoroughfare.<br />

There are neighbors. You see<br />

kids getting on school buses. At Halloween,<br />

we have trick or treaters,” he said.<br />

The homes have anywhere between eight<br />

to 13 people. The idea is to keep the number<br />

of people small and give them more attention.<br />

Resident to staff ratios average one to<br />

four, or one to five. The industry average is<br />

one to 15, Holohan said.<br />

“Even if you don’t consider the environment,<br />

just the ratio itself, it is so much<br />

better,” he said. “The nice thing about a<br />

small home is that it is easier to navigate<br />

and there are more people with eyes and<br />

ears on your needs. And you can add some<br />

meaning to someone’s life. That’s<br />

what really is accomplished by a<br />

smaller environment.”<br />

The current homes also have a<br />

house doctor, nurse practitioner,<br />

nurses and other specialists who<br />

make regular visits along with<br />

the activities staff.<br />

Nationally, this type of smaller<br />

home is a growing model in the<br />

senior care industry. But most<br />

people don’t know this model<br />

exists, Holohan said.<br />

“We are the only one in the<br />

central corridor,” he said. “Our<br />

homes are all in Manchester.”<br />

Family Partners began as a day care<br />

center for people with dementia, giving<br />

them a place to socialize and participate in<br />

activities while family caregivers gained<br />

some respite. Holohan said many families<br />

eventually moved their family members to<br />

a retirement community, but it was hard<br />

for the person to manage the environment.<br />

Former clients suggested a <strong>24</strong>-hour option<br />

based on the day care model.<br />

“In 2017 we purchased an existing home<br />

in Manchester and made it into an eightbed<br />

assisted living home, and we had a<br />

good response. In 2021, the second home<br />

was built,” he said.<br />

In Fall of 2023 we finished our fourth<br />

home and now have a total of 46 bedrooms.<br />

Glowing testimonials from family members<br />

have convinced Holohan Family Partners<br />

Home is on the right track.<br />

“My husband and I had a previous experience<br />

with his mother residing in a largescale<br />

community, and I was determined<br />

to find a better solution for my mother. At<br />

Family Partners Home my mother receives<br />

wonderful care from a tight knit team of<br />

professionals that understands her individual<br />

needs and desires,” said Paula, daughter<br />

of a resident.<br />

“Family Partners has met our family in a<br />

time of need. They’ve exceeded our expectations.<br />

The staff is kind and caring and the<br />

environment is comfortable and stimulating<br />

for my husband,” said Karen, spouse<br />

of a resident.<br />

“We’ve heard story after story about<br />

what a transformation it has been in their<br />

lives,” Holohan said.<br />

To discover Family Partners Home for<br />

yourself, schedule a meeting and tour the<br />

homes.<br />

Family Partners Home<br />

Assisted Living Homes • Manchester<br />

(314) 686-4468 • familypartnershome.com<br />


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Small Works Exhibition & Short<br />

Sets Community Band Cabaret is at 6<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 1 at the Schroeder<br />

Park building, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. Enjoy light refreshments<br />

and hear works and music by local<br />

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manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Opening<br />

Night Celebration is at 4 p.m. on<br />

Sunday, April 7 at the B&B Theater,<br />

12657 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur, featuring<br />

the stories and the cinema making<br />

timely human connections to the Israeli<br />

filmmakers from Sapir College. Tickets<br />

are $20. For details, visit jccstl.com/artsideas/st-louis-jewish-film-festival.<br />


The Art and Wine local artists exhibition<br />

is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at<br />

the Longview Farm House, 13525 Clayton<br />

Road in Town & Country. Admission<br />

is $25 per person with food and drink<br />

included. Proceeds go toward the city’s<br />

Military and First Responders Tribute.<br />

For tickets, call (314) 587-2814 or visit<br />

town-and-country.org/379/Events.<br />

• • •<br />

The Empowering Inclusion and Accessibility<br />

Disability Awareness Convention<br />

is from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, March <strong>24</strong><br />

at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 16625<br />

Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield. The<br />

event brings together disability advocates,<br />

leaders, experts and the general public to<br />

raise awareness and promote inclusion and<br />

accessibility. Free event. For details, visit<br />

thearyafoundation.org.<br />

The Empowering Inclusion and Accessibility Disability Awareness<br />

Convention is from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, March <strong>24</strong> at the DoubleTree<br />

Hotel by Hilton, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield. All are<br />

invited to attend.<br />

(Source: Arya Foundation)<br />


Little Explorers is from 9-10:30<br />

a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of<br />

the month at various parks in Ballwin.<br />

Themed activities change weekly and<br />

include a craft and snack for ages 2-5.<br />

The cost is $8 for residents; $10 for nonresidents.<br />

Parents and guardians are free.<br />

For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Creative Corner is from 10-11 a.m.<br />

monthly on the first Thursday at The Timbers<br />

of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane. This<br />

is a creative, messy program, focusing<br />

on exploration, science, sensory skills,<br />

crafts, snacks and more for ages 2-5. An<br />

adult needs to stay with the child. The<br />

cost is $10 for residents, $11 for nonresidents.<br />

To register, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Tot Time is from 9-11 a.m. on Friday,<br />

Feb. 16 at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center in the Chesterfield Mall. Kids<br />

aged 5 and younger will engage in various<br />

activities, story time, group games,<br />

and arts and crafts. Siblings ages 6-11 are<br />

welcome when the tot and an adult accompany<br />

them. A $3 cash-only drop-in fee per<br />

child is charged. For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us<br />

and search “Tot Time.”<br />

• • •<br />

Help Grow an Easter Egg Garden<br />

starting on Friday, Feb. 23 and continuing<br />

through Thursday, March 21 at Bluebird<br />

Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville.<br />

Register at ellisville.mo.us and pick up a<br />

wooden egg at the Parks building, decorate<br />

the egg and then return the egg to<br />

the Parks building. The winner will be<br />

announced on March 25. The eggs will be<br />

outside, so it is recommended to use exterior<br />

paint and waterproof materials. Fee is<br />

$5. For details, visit ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Mother-Son Dance Party is from<br />

6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at the<br />



Eureka Community Center, 333 Bald Hill<br />

Road. Pizza, dessert, a craft activity and<br />

dancing. Dressing up is encouraged but<br />

optional. The cost is $12 for residents;<br />

$13 for non-residents. Spots will fill up<br />

fast. Register at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Daddy Daughter Dance is from<br />

6:30-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. <strong>24</strong> at the<br />

Eureka Community Center, 333 Bald Hill<br />

Road. Pizza, dessert, a craft activity and<br />

dancing. Dressing up is encouraged but<br />

optional. The cost is $12 for residents;<br />

$13 for non-residents. Spots will fill up<br />

fast. To register, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Pages and Pals “Messy Munchkins”<br />

is from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29<br />

at the Paul Schroeder Park Building, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Children will hear a story, have a snack<br />

and do a craft based on a theme. An adult<br />

must accompany the participating child.<br />

The cost is $5 for residents; $6.50 for nonresidents.<br />

Register at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Family Binglo Night is from 6:30-8<br />

p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) on Friday,<br />

March 1 at The Timbers of Eureka Gymnasium,<br />

333 Bald Hill Road. Wear bright<br />

colors and bring glow sticks and snacks.<br />

The cost is $7 for residents; $8 for nonresidents<br />

and includes bingo supplies,<br />

prizes, pizza and refreshments. Register<br />

before Feb. 27 at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Patrick’s Family Bingo is from<br />

6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at<br />

the Manchester Parks Building, 359 Old<br />

Meramec Station Road. This is a familybased<br />

bingo for all ages and includes<br />

pizza, drinks, & prizes for the winners.<br />

Tickets are $8 per resident and $10.40<br />

per non-resident. Everyone ages 2 and<br />

up needs to buy a ticket. For details, visit<br />

manchestermo.gov/parks.<br />

• • •<br />

See EVENTS, page 52<br />



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Back in the day, American diners<br />

offered menus designed to satisfy anything<br />

you craved, any time of day. Thanks<br />

to Billy G’s Chesterfield, that quintessential<br />

experience has returned to <strong>West</strong> St.<br />

Louis County.<br />

“This is my take on a diner that serves<br />

breakfast, lunch and dinner,” explained<br />

owner Billy Gianino.<br />

But there are a few noteworthy differences.<br />

The restaurant boasts a fully<br />

stocked bar that pairs perfectly with its<br />

upgraded dinner menu or as the starter of<br />

an exceptional brunch.<br />

“Our bar, which we plan to expand, has<br />

a full cocktail menu, great wines and beer,<br />

and the best Mimosas and Bloody Marys,”<br />

Gianino said.<br />

“We came to fill a need and do something<br />

new that would also capture the<br />

early morning rush. A diner with breakfast<br />

makes it different and delivers what<br />

the Gianino Family restaurants have<br />

always been known for – quality and<br />

quantity. Good value for your money.”<br />

Generous portions and creativity begin<br />

with breakfast and unexpected combinations<br />

like the Brisket Benedict, draped<br />

with a barbecue-spiced hollandaise; and<br />

the Huevos Tostadas Slinger, built on two<br />

crunchy corn tortillas and layered with<br />

hash browns, eggs any way you like them,<br />

homemade chili, cheddar and sweet onions.<br />

In keeping with the updated diner theme,<br />

Gianino has even reimagined the southern<br />

classic Chicken and Waffles. Hot honeyglazed<br />

waffles are plated with trashed<br />

wings that have been lightly dusted with<br />

ranch seasoning. From morning to night,<br />

this dish hits all the right notes.<br />

Omelets are big at Billy G’s, both in<br />

popularity and size. Try the Fajita stuffed<br />

with grilled chicken breast, peppers and<br />

onions and topped with ranchero sauce, or<br />

the Farmer’s Market packed with six different<br />

veggies and goat cheese.<br />

To make breakfast complete add a glass<br />

of fresh-squeezed orange juice, made<br />

daily in-house.<br />

Among the restaurant’s lunch mainstays<br />

are Smash Burgers made with a triple<br />

grind of brisket, chuck and sirloin; then,<br />

dressed any way you like it.<br />

But perhaps you have a taste for something<br />

green. If so, try the Hollywood Cobb<br />

Salad made true to the 1930s recipe with<br />

plenty of grilled chicken, bacon, egg, blue<br />

cheese and avocado. And don’t overlook<br />

the ultimate throwback diner sandwich,<br />

The Triple Decker, also known as the club<br />

sandwich. Three slices of white, or multigrain,<br />

bread are shuffled with turkey, ham,<br />

bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Ask for<br />

the side of chips and you’ll have a hardto-beat<br />

taste straight out of the past.<br />

Laced throughout the diner’s menu are<br />

Gianino Family specialties, such as its signature<br />

salad, pizzas built on house-made<br />

dough, and Italian classics like Chicken<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


Billy G’s Chesterfield: A delicious destination morning, noon and night<br />

Billy G’s Chesterfield<br />

1772 Clarkson Road • Chesterfield • (636) 778-9120 • billygs.com<br />

Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday<br />

Brisket Benedict, a Smash Burger and an Orange Pomme<br />

I 51<br />

Spedini and Linguine Tutto Mare, bursting<br />

with seafood – P.E.I. mussels, littleneck<br />

clams, bay scallops, shrimp – in a<br />

white wine and garlic sauce.<br />

“In a few weeks look for our new 2.0<br />

menu,” Gianino said. “We’ll be adding<br />

more appetizers and dinner options like<br />

Meatloaf, Chicken Fried Steak, and a variety<br />

of pasta dishes. We’ll also have more<br />

off-the-menu and blue-plate specials like<br />

Chicken Pot Pie and Butterflied Shrimp<br />

with Fries and Slaw.”<br />

Perhaps the greatest asset of Billy G’s<br />

Chesterfield, even beyond its variety and<br />

value, is its people.<br />

“It’s all about hospitality,” Gianino said.<br />

“I want people to experience our hospitality,<br />

enjoy really good food, and have a<br />

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EVENTS, from page 50<br />

Nerf Wars is from 5-6 p.m. on Friday,<br />

March 15 at The Pointe, 333 Holloway<br />

Road in Ballwin. Children ages 6-10 should<br />

bring their own Nerf guns and compete in<br />

three 20-minute games of Capture the Flag,<br />

Team vs Team, and Last Person Standing.<br />

Protective eyewear must be brought and<br />

worn by all participants. Extra Nerf ammo<br />

will be available for use. The cost is $15<br />

for residents and $18 for non-residents. To<br />

register, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Egg Stravaganza is at 10 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 23 at Central Park, 16365 Lydia<br />

Hill Drive in Chesterfield. There will be<br />

thousands of eggs ready for the big hunt.<br />

The Bunny will be making an appearance,<br />

along with crafts and activities.<br />

Children will be divided into age<br />

groups. Don’t forget a basket. Tickets<br />

are $10 until March 22 and $15 on<br />

the day of the hunt. For details, visit<br />

chesterfield.mo.us and search, “Egg<br />

Stravaganza.”<br />

• • •<br />

Hip Hop Hurray Hunt is at 10<br />

a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Bluebird<br />

Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road<br />

in Ellisville. The Easter Bunny will<br />

leave a trail of eggs in Bluebird Park.<br />

Children 9 and under will hunt for<br />

eggs and prizes. Free event. Preregistration<br />

is required at ellisville.<br />

mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Egg Hunt is from 10 a.m. to noon<br />

on Saturday, March 23 at Fairway<br />

Elementary School, 480 Old Fairway<br />

Drive in Wildwood. 14,000 eggs are ready<br />

to be found for kids in age categories of<br />

3-12. Meet the bunny, stay for the dance<br />

party, make a craft, bounce on inflatables<br />

and more. All are welcome. No registration<br />

is needed. For details, visit cityofwildwood.com<br />

or call (636) 458-0440.<br />

• • •<br />

A Youth Easter Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, March 23 at Legion Park, 333<br />

Bald Hill Road in Eureka. Features separate<br />

areas for ages 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-7<br />

and 8-10. Hunts begin at 11 a.m. with age<br />

groups staggered in 5-minute increments.<br />

A pancake breakfast served by the Knights<br />

of Columbus will be available while supplies<br />

last. Admission is free. Participants<br />

should park at the Eureka Community<br />

Center. For details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Flashlight Egg Hunt is from 7:30-9<br />

p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the Paul<br />

Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. Bring a flashlight and<br />

basket to hunt for eggs after dark. Includes<br />

pizza and games. For ages 10-14. $11 for<br />

residents; $14.30 for non-residents. Preregistration<br />

required at manchestermo.gov.<br />




The city of Wildwood’s (Virtual)<br />

Cabin Fever Hiking Challenge is back<br />

for 20<strong>24</strong>. Complete two designated hikes<br />

within the timeframes, submit your selfies<br />

and earn Wildwood swag. Hike 1 runs<br />

from Thursday, Feb. 1-18. Hike 2 runs<br />

from Friday, March 1-17. There is no<br />

cost to participate. For details and route<br />

maps, visit cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Advice for Life is at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays<br />

beginning Feb. 13 at The Jewish<br />

Learning Institute in the Chesterfield<br />

Mall, featuring a 6-week course of<br />

Rebbe’s guidance for leading a more<br />

purposeful life. The cost starts at $99. To<br />

register, visit myjli.com.<br />

The Chesterfield Shamrock Run is at 8:30 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, March 16 at the Chesterfield Valley<br />

Athletic Complex, 17925 N.Outer 40 Road in<br />

Chesterfield. The race will consist of a 5K or 10K<br />

race and a Lil’ Leprechaun Run for kids.<br />

(Source: Chesterfield Parks and Recreation)<br />

• • •<br />

A Ceramic Shoe Wine Bottle Holder<br />

art class is from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday,<br />

Feb. 15 at the Ballwin Golf Course<br />

and Events Center, 333 Holloway Road.<br />

This class features step-by-step instructions.<br />

The cost is $60 for residents; $65<br />

for non-residents. Register at ballwin.<br />

mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Chesterfield<br />

Community Center, 237 Chesterfield<br />

Mall. Make connections with fellow gardeners<br />

while learning new tips and tricks.<br />

Membership is free. To register, email<br />

recreation@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Project Unplugged Winter Workshop<br />

is from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

March 3 at the Longview Farm Barn in<br />

Town & Country. Herbal Tea DIY. The<br />

cost per session is $25 per person. Register<br />

at town-and-country.org/379/Events.<br />

• • •<br />

Card Making is from 10 a.m.-noon<br />

on Thursday, March 7 at the Chester-<br />

See EVENTS, next page



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I 53<br />

EVENTS, from previous<br />

field Community Center in the Chesterfield<br />

Mall. Create handmade cards for<br />

all occasions. Each class is themed by<br />

season. The cost is $10 per class, cash<br />

only. All ages. Register by emailing olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

The One Wow Moment Biblical<br />

Course is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or<br />

6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at<br />

Chabad of Chesterfield in the Chesterfield<br />

Mall. The course discusses six<br />

women who used one moment to change<br />

everything and teaches how to make<br />

courageous and meaningful decisions.<br />

Additional classes will be offered on<br />

April 11 and May 16. The cost starts at<br />

$99; scholarships are available. Register<br />

at JewishChesterfield.com/wow.<br />

• • •<br />

The Chesterfield Shamrock Run is<br />

at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 at<br />

the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex,<br />

17925 N.Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield.<br />

The race will consist of a 5K or<br />

10K race and a Lil’ Leprechaun Run for<br />

kids. The 5K/10K races begin at 8:30<br />

a.m.; the Fun Run begins at 10 a.m. Participants<br />

registered by Feb. 25 receive<br />

participation shirts. The 5K/10K cost<br />

is $25 through Feb.18 and increases<br />

through race day. The Lil’ Leprechaun<br />

Run is $15 through race day. Register at<br />

chesterfield.mo.us/shamrock-run.<br />

• • •<br />

Adult Egg Hunt is from 7:30-9:30<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the Paul A.<br />

Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. For ages 21<br />

and over. Cost is $10 until March 17 or<br />

$13 on March 18. Bring chairs, drinks<br />

and food. There will be bonfires and<br />

fun. Held rain or shine. To register, visit<br />

ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Arbor Day Celebration is from 10<br />

a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 23 at<br />

Kircher Park, 25 Williams Road in<br />

Eureka. Stop by Kircher Park during the<br />

Youth Easter Egg Hunt to pick up a free<br />

tree. Limit one tree per family. Handicap<br />

parking will be available at Kircher<br />

Park, general event parking is available<br />

at Eureka Soccer Park. Free with a nonperishable<br />

food item. For details, visit<br />

eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

PJ 5K & 1 Mile Sleepwalk is from<br />

8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 23 at<br />

Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. Each registrant<br />

will receive a shirt, a finisher medal,<br />

post-run snacks and more. Wear your<br />

pajamas. Pre-registration cost is $25 for<br />

a family and $30 for an individual. On<br />

race day, cost is $30 for a family and<br />

$35 for an individual. For details, visit<br />

manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Paint Your Pet is from 5:30-8 p.m.<br />

on Thursday, March 28 at the Ballwin<br />

Golf Course, 333 Holloway Road in<br />

Ballwin. Features simple step-by-step<br />

instructions for an acrylic painting on<br />

a 16x20 stretched canvas. The cost is<br />

$55 for residents; $60 for non-residents.<br />

Register at ballwin.mo.us. Pet photos<br />

must be sent in advance to artherapystudios@yahoo.com.<br />

Looking for Lenten fish fries in <strong>West</strong> County?<br />

Here is an alphabetical list of Friday<br />

Fish Fries that will take you all the way<br />

through Lent: Feb. 16 through March 22.<br />

American Legion Post 397, 934 Rue<br />

De La Banque in Creve Coeur from 11<br />

a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Catfish, cod,<br />

shrimp, clams, french fries, baked beans,<br />

spaghetti, hushpuppies, coleslaw and<br />

potato salad. For details, call (314) 872-<br />

3186.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin VFW Post #6274, 115 Mimosa<br />

Lane from 4:30-7 p.m. or until sold out.<br />

Choice of cod, catfish, shrimp or chicken<br />

strips, plus two sides. For details, visit<br />

Facebook and search, “Ballwin VFW Post<br />

6274.”<br />

• • •<br />

Christ Prince of Peace Parish, 415<br />

Weidman Road in Manchester from 4:45-<br />

7:30 p.m. Fried cod, baked tilapia, grilled<br />

shrimp, cheese pizza and more. For details,<br />

visit christprinceofpeace.com or call (636)<br />

391-1307.<br />

• • •<br />

Holy Infant Catholic Church, 627<br />

Dennison Drive in Ballwin from 4:30-<br />

7:30 p.m. Fried grouper, baked salmon,<br />

baked or fried cod and shrimp. For details,<br />

visit holyinfantballwin.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus,<br />

13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield<br />

from 4-7 p.m. Fried cod, fried shrimp,<br />

baked tilapia, Cajun seafood gumbo and<br />

more. Bulk orders and online payments for<br />

most of the menu items will be accepted.<br />

For details, visit stlfishfry.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Most Sacred Heart Church, 350 E.<br />

Fourth Street in Eureka from 4-7 p.m.<br />

Fried fish, homemade coleslaw, green<br />

beans, pasta and dessert. Drive-thru or<br />

dine-in. For details, visit sacredhearteureka.org<br />

or call (636) 938-5048.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Alban Roe Fish Fry is from 4:30-7<br />

p.m. on Fridays Feb. 16 and 23, March<br />

1 and 8 at Mikesch Hall, 2001 Shepard<br />

Road in Wildwood. Alaskan whitefish,<br />

fried cod, fried catfish, panko breaded butterfly<br />

shrimp, mac n’cheese, cheese pizza<br />

by the slice with assorted sides and desserts.<br />

Carry-out is available. For details,<br />

call (636) 458-2977.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Bridget of Kildare, 223 W. Union<br />

St. in Pacific from 4-7 p.m. Fried catfish,<br />

cod, shrimp, fries, green beans, spaghetti,<br />

cole slaw and desserts. Carry out, drivethru<br />

and dine-in. For details, visit sbkparish.org<br />

or call (636) 271-3993.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Clare of Assisi, 15642 Clayton<br />

Road in Ellisville, from 4-8 p.m. Fried<br />

and baked cod, fried catfish, and shrimp<br />

with sides, appetizers and children’s dinners<br />

also available. For details, visit saintclareofassisi.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Joseph Parish, 567 St. Joseph<br />

Lane in Manchester, from 4:30-7:15 p.m.<br />

Fish and all the trimmings, fish tacos and<br />

homemade desserts. Dine-in or carry out.<br />

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H NEST<br />


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• Residential<br />

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• Remodels<br />

• <strong>24</strong> Hour<br />

Emergency<br />

Service<br />

Locally Owned & Operated by Tim Hallahan<br />

Serving <strong>West</strong> County for 25+ Years<br />

636.458.6400<br />

timjhallahan@gmail.com<br />

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Patios • Driveways • Sidewalks<br />

Textured Finishes also available<br />

Licensed & Insured<br />

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314.607.8953<br />






Bathtub Conversion<br />

into Walk-in Shower<br />

References Available<br />

Reasonable Pricing<br />

Serving <strong>West</strong> County &<br />

Quality Work<br />

surrounding areas since 1985<br />

Senior Discounts Available<br />

Edwards Remodeling•Call 314-397-5100•Licensed & Insured<br />

• Deck Construction • Deck Staining • Fully Insured<br />

• Deck Repairs • Staircases • Warranty<br />

• Deck Upgrades • Hand Rail • No Money Up Front<br />

314.518.0231<br />





GENERAL CONTRACTOR | All Types Of Home Improvements<br />

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Build and Repair Decks & Fences,<br />

All Painting, Wallpaper Removal,<br />

Powerwash/Stain Decks, Finish Basements,<br />

Remodeling, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Senior Discounts • Military Discounts<br />

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Call Today • 636-466-3956<br />

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Replacement Windows<br />

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• Emergency<br />

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• Free Roofing<br />

Inspections<br />

• Insurance<br />

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• Insured<br />


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Junk hauling and removal. Cleanouts,<br />

appliances, furniture, debris,<br />

construction rubble, yard waste,<br />

excavating & demolition! 10, 15<br />

& 20 cubic yd. ro loff dumpsters.<br />

meals on duty, and more!<br />

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DECKS<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

Apply at:<br />

h tps: /rockwood.ted.people<br />

EEOC<br />



Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care A sistants &<br />

VisitingAngels.com/westplex<br />



636-775-5992<br />


- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

Dickspainting.com<br />

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Home or Office<br />

Let’s a range your things<br />

so you can easily locate them<br />

SUZANNE 314-422-5695<br />

Seeking A Position<br />

A+ BBB • A+ Angie's List<br />

Serving the Area Since 2004<br />

314-971-6993 or 636-234-6672<br />


Exterior drainage co rection.<br />

Serving Mi souri for 15 years.<br />

Lifetime Wa ranties.<br />

Free Estimate<br />

a b<br />


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• Pastoral Visits • Graveside Visi<br />

Fu l S<br />



February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I 55<br />

BULLETIN BOARD, from page 20<br />

cial strength for members of the community<br />

often priced out of post-secondary<br />

opportunities.<br />

These scholarships will serve lowincome<br />

students who live within the service<br />

area of Ameren Missouri or Ameren<br />

Illinois and who are enrolled at any grade<br />

level in a nonprofit, two- or four-year<br />

accredited college or university in Missouri<br />

or Illinois. Scholars will be selected<br />

based on Scholarship Foundation eligibility<br />

requirements (significant financial<br />

need, academic potential and good character)<br />

and preference will be given to<br />

scholars who are pursuing education in<br />

the STEM fields or in the Joint Engineering<br />

Program offered by the University of<br />

Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University<br />

in St. Louis.<br />

Awards are renewable for up to 10<br />

semesters per student. In addition to<br />

receiving major financial support, Ameren<br />

All In Scholars will work with Scholarship<br />

Foundation student advisors to complete<br />

applications and learn about important<br />

resources and opportunities throughout<br />

their educational journey.<br />

Students funded through this program will<br />

qualify for paid policy fellowships and quality<br />

mental health services through a Scholarship<br />

Foundation initiative, which covers the<br />

cost of therapy provided by licensed, vetted<br />

and culturally competent providers.<br />

Interested students should visit myscholarshipcentral.org<br />

to apply or go to sfstl.org<br />

for more information.<br />

Local charity seeks<br />

old suitcases<br />

Friends of the Rainforest’s mission is<br />

to connect kids to the Rainforest, and the<br />

local charity believes that cost should not<br />

be a deterrent for students and families<br />

who want to experience the Rainforest for<br />

themselves. The Crandell-Walller Scholarship,<br />

named in honor of founder Rachel<br />

Crandell and education visionary Laurie<br />

Waller, will provide important financial<br />

aid to school groups that want to visit the<br />

Children’s Eternal Rainforest but may<br />

have limited opportunities and resources<br />

to do so.<br />

In anticipation of its upcoming scholarship<br />

trip in July, the nonprofit is working<br />

to identify potential outdoor and travel gear<br />

needs so that students are as prepared as<br />

possible for travel to Costa Rica and exploring<br />

the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.<br />

While much of the needed gear will be<br />

purchased new, some items can be provided<br />

through second-hand donations. Not<br />

only will this allow for more funds to be<br />

available to support the scholarship recipients<br />

directly, but thrifting these items also<br />

reflects the organization’s mission to preserve<br />

the rainforest, as well as honors the<br />

spirit of sustainability through responsible<br />

consumerism.<br />

Specifically, Friends of the Rainforest is<br />

looking for gently used carry-on suitcases;<br />

daypacks for hiking; heavy-duty, reusable<br />

rain ponchos; and rubber rain boots. Daypacks<br />

should be lightweight and big enough<br />

to hold a water bottle and a notebook.<br />


CARPET<br />


Restretching • Reseaming<br />

& Patching.<br />

No job is to small!<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

(314) 892-1003<br />




Baseball Cards, Sports Cards,<br />

Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.<br />

Private Collector:<br />

314-302-1785<br />



Buying quality collections of<br />

Rock, Jazz, Blues and More!<br />

No collection to large or small<br />

Private Collector: JP<br />

Call or Text 636-342-1616 or<br />

Email: Jp.vinyl57@gmail.com<br />


Need Computer Help?<br />

Call Steve!<br />

Set up & troubleshooting<br />

Affordable, Certified Tech<br />

with 22 years’ experience!<br />

Call 314-497-2028<br />

DECKS<br />

Deck Staining<br />


Traveling Fossil & Rock<br />

Presentations with a Biblical<br />

Perspective. Suitable for all grade<br />

levels. FREE Fossils for everyone.<br />

Can the Bible timeline<br />

be tested and trusted? Yes!<br />

The Rock’s Cry Out Ministry<br />

Contact Bill Barnes 314-608-2928<br />



Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

Service upgrades, fans, can lights,<br />

switches, outlets, basements,<br />

code violations fixed, we do it<br />

all. Emergency calls & backa-up<br />

generators. No job too small.<br />

Competitively priced. Free Estimates.<br />

Just call 636-262-5840<br />

FOR SALE<br />

Husky 5000-Watt Gasoline<br />

Powered Generator with Briggs<br />

& Stratton Engine<br />

features 6250-watt peak<br />

Call 314 -703-7456<br />

Ballwin Area<br />


DSI/Door Solutions, Inc.<br />

Garage Doors, Electric Open–ers.<br />

Fast Repairs. All makes & models.<br />

Same day service. Free Estimates.<br />

Custom Wood and Steel Doors.<br />

BBB Member • Angie's List<br />

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• Brushed & Rolled Only<br />

• No money up front/Warranty<br />

A+<br />

Free Estimates • Insured/A+BBB<br />

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Keep your Saturdays to yourself<br />

and we will pick it up for you!<br />

Complimentary Curbside<br />

Donation Pickup. Anything that<br />

is non-perishable or flammable.<br />

Serving the <strong>West</strong> County area!<br />


to schedule your appointment.<br />

314-742-4342.<br />


J & J HAULING<br />


Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

appliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, affordable rates.<br />

Call: 636-379-8062 or<br />

email: jandjhaul@aol.com<br />



Junk hauling and removal. Cleanouts,<br />

appliances, furniture, debris,<br />

construction rubble, yard waste,<br />

excavating & demolition! 10, 15<br />

& 20 cubic yd. rolloff dumpsters.<br />

Licensed & insured. Affordable, dependable<br />

and available!<br />

VISA/MC accepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

Toll Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />




VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ballwin/<br />

Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care Assistants &<br />

Homemaker shifts. Weekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Call 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />

VisitingAngels.com/westplex<br />

McCarthy Building<br />

Companies, Inc.<br />

seeks VD C Assistant Manager<br />

in Des Peres, MO. Project-level<br />

management, implementation,<br />

and execution of McCarthy’s<br />

Virtual Design & Construction<br />

(VDC) and Building Information<br />

Modeling (BIM) processes, tools,<br />

and best practices within their<br />

assigned region. Regional travel<br />

required up to 20% of the time.<br />

Apply @<br />

www.jobpostingtoday.com<br />

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Rotted wood, Painting, Tile,<br />

Drywall, Floors, Electrical,<br />

Carpentry, Plumbing,<br />

Power Washing. Insured.<br />


Tom Streckfuss 314-910-7458<br />

sbacontractingllc@gmail.com<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />


Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Free estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

Call Joe 636-699-8316<br />



Specializing in<br />

Decks & Fences<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

pristinemidwest@gmail.com<br />

(314) 575-3879<br />

Don't overpay for Homecare<br />

• Our caregivers are carefully screened, bonded & covered under Workmans Comp<br />

• They will be matched to your individual needs & preferences<br />

• No contract required & short or long term care is available<br />

• Compare our affordable rates<br />

Senior Services, Unltd.<br />

142 Jungermann Road<br />

(Next to Barnes St. Peters Hospital)<br />

636-441-4944<br />

35 Years Serving Area Seniors<br />







Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

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Retaining Walls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with attention to detail<br />

Call Tom 636.938.9874<br />

www.mienerlandscaping.com<br />

Leaf Clean Up<br />

& Vacuuming<br />

Pruning Work, Grading,<br />

Planting, and<br />

Dormant Sod Work.<br />


636-296-5050<br />


DEFINO’S<br />


EST. 2006<br />

Interior & Exterior Painting<br />

Deck Staining<br />

- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

definospainting.com<br />

314-707-3094<br />







INTERIOR SPECIAL 20<strong>24</strong><br />

$75 Per Avg. Rm Size<br />

(12’x12’ Walls 3 Room Minimum)<br />


(636) 577-8960<br />

Exterior Painting!<br />



Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Call or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />


Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too small.<br />


35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

<strong>24</strong> hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />



Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

Free Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />


Marriage Ceremonies • Vow Renewals<br />

Baptisms • Pastoral/Graveside Visits<br />

Full Service Ministry • (314) 703-7456<br />

To place a Classified<br />

ad call 636.591.0010<br />

J & J HAULING<br />


Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

a pliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, a fordable rates.<br />



Ca l: 636-379-8062 or<br />

email: jandjhaul@aol.com<br />

CARPET<br />


Restretching, reseaming &<br />

patching. No job too small.<br />

Free estimates.<br />

(314) 892-1003<br />




Baseba l Cards, Sports Cards,<br />

Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.<br />

Private Co lector: 314-302-1785<br />

Mark Hicks, LLC<br />

Construction, Repairs,<br />

Upgrades<br />

EverythingDecks.net<br />

38 years experience,<br />

no money up front,<br />

wa ranty, insured,<br />


MarkHicksLLC.com<br />

BBB A+<br />

636-337-7733<br />



Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

Service upgrades, fans, can lights,<br />

switches, outlets, basements,<br />

code violations fixed, we do it<br />

all. Emergency calls & back-up<br />

generators. No job too sma l.<br />

Competitively priced. Free<br />

Estimates.<br />

Just ca l 636-262-5840<br />


DSI/Door Solutions, Inc.<br />

Garage Doors, Electric Openers.<br />

Fast Repairs. All makes & models.<br />

Same day service. Free Estimates.<br />

Custom Wood and Steel Doors.<br />

BBB Member • Angie's List<br />

Ca l 314-550-4071<br />

www.dsi-stl.com<br />


Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

HVAC Maintenance Technician<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Fu l Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retiremen through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending A counts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee A sistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

h tps: /rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or ca l (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />


- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Fu l Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retiremen through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />


Rockwood School District Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Mowing & Landscaping<br />

Technician<br />

in Grounds Department<br />

work school days only<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

Part time or Full time,<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

No experience n eded.<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Seven Paid Holidays,<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

Retiremen through PEERS,<br />

- Retiremen through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

Perfect A tendance Days<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri Manager positions available<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

with full benefits.<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

www.rsdmo.org<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

or ca l 636-733-3253<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee A sistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https: /rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or ca l (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />


Multi Faceted Position.<br />

In Private Home.<br />

This position<br />

requires, cooking, serving<br />

& light house work.<br />

Wed & Fri, 12PM-8:30PM<br />

Every other weekend,<br />

Rotating shifts.<br />

For more info ca l<br />

(314) 349-1457<br />

Ask for Sherlyn Whiteside<br />


Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Free estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

Call Joe 636-699-8316<br />


SBA Contracting LLC<br />

Home Improvement and Repairs<br />

Interior Painting, Flooring,<br />

Drywa l & Wood Repair.<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

Insured<br />

Ca l 314-910-7458<br />

or email us at<br />

sbacontracting lc@gmail.com<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />

Food Service<br />

Our Child Nutrition Assistants<br />



• Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Insta l<br />

• Leaf/Tree Removal • Paver Patios<br />

• Trimming/Edging Stone & Brick<br />

• Retaining Wa ls • Drainage Work<br />

- F R E E S T I M AT E S -<br />

636-293-2863<br />

moraleslandscape@hotmail.com<br />

M I E N E R<br />


Retaining Wa ls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with a tention to detail<br />

Ca l Tom 636.938.9874<br />

www.mienerlandscaping.com<br />

Best Landscaping Values in Town!<br />

Mizzou Crew Mulch,<br />

Shrub Trimming,<br />

Yard Cleanups,<br />

Power Washing,<br />

Moles, Sma l Walls<br />

and Paver Patios.<br />

Ca l/text Jeff<br />

314-520-5222<br />

or www.Mi zouCrew.com<br />





poloslawn@aol.com<br />

Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />


Mulching,<br />

Bush & Shrub Trimming,<br />

Removal and Planting<br />

Dethatching / Powe raking,<br />

Aeration and Overs eding,<br />

Brushwork, Sod Install<br />

and Leaf Removal<br />



636-432-3451<br />



Licensed, Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your plumbing<br />

n eds. No job to big or too small.<br />

35 years experience!<br />

314-800-4960<br />


Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Ca l or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />


Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for a l your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too sma l.<br />


35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

<strong>24</strong> hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />




1 Story House<br />

Starting at $239<br />

2 Story House<br />

Starting at $279<br />

636-279-0056<br />

A l Smiles Pre sure Washing, LLC<br />


Herb Olmsted 314-960-2872<br />



Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />

Fr e Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />


Tree trimming, removal, deadwooding,<br />

pruning and stump<br />

grinding. Certified arborist.<br />

Fully Insured • Free Estimates<br />



Men 60+ Senior Softba l League<br />

Slow pitch softba league for men<br />

60 years and older<br />

to play in St. Charles County<br />

is accepting individual<br />

applications for the 2022 season.<br />

Double-headers on<br />

Wednesdays at 4:30pm<br />

at Schneider-Kiwanis Park.<br />

Final day for applications<br />

is Saturday, April 30.<br />

If interested email:<br />

herbieo.jr@gmail.com<br />

or ca l or text:<br />

Licensed & insured. Affordable,<br />

dependable and available!<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />


REHAB +<br />

when n eded.<br />

VISA/MC a cepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

To l Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />


admin.com/hire/index<br />

or ca l (636) 733-3270<br />




NEEDS!<br />


•Reliable<br />

•Experienced<br />

•Companion<br />



Cracks, sub-pump systems,<br />

structural & concrete repairs.<br />

Outside Service A tendant<br />

$11.15 / Hour<br />

Looking to fi l our outside team,<br />

flexible hours, golf privileges,<br />

VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ba lwin/<br />


ALL NEW<br />


in <strong>West</strong> County<br />

Fu l / PT<br />

Ca l 314-941-1326<br />

Fina ly, a contractor who is honest<br />

& leaves the job site clean.<br />

or email<br />

briano@meabrk.org<br />

for more information.<br />

Homemaker shifts. W ekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Ca l 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />





Interior and<br />

exterior painting<br />

Deck staining<br />

636-281-6982<br />

• Marriage Ceremonies • Vow Renewals • Baptisms

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